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Net float The net floats were marked to help the fisherman identify his own fishing nets. Sometimes a single piece of wood served as a net float, other times an empty barrel was used. Every fisherman used a unique pattern on his net floats to make identification easy. The net float in the picture dates back to 1924. It was used by a fisherman called Herman Nyberg. Bosund Boat, Fishing and Hunting Museum
Hand bailer A hand bailer - carved from a single piece of wood - is a scoop-like device used for emptying water from a boat. The bailer was an important piece of boating equipment. Leaks were common and in rough sea, high waves sometimes washed over the sides of the boat. Granösund Fishing Museum
Herring net Net fishing is an old method of catching fish. The oldest known fishing net is more than ten thousand years old and made of willow. It was found in the village of Antrea on the Karelian isthmus. Over the centuries, nets have varied both in size and shape according to the fishing method and target species. The net in the picture is a herring net from 1898. It is made of cotton twine, with a mesh size of approximately 25–30 mm. In the summer, herring was netted in the outer archipelago using special herring nets. Weighted down for greater depth, the herring net was set in the afternoon or evening. Early next morning, the fishermen returned to the net and hauled it up onto dry land, where it was emptied and hung up to dry. Granösund Fishing Museum
Gathering peg When the net is lifted, the head rope of the net is collected onto a gathering peg to prevent the net from getting tangled. The gathering peg was marked with the fisherman's initials or owner's mark. The gathering pegs in the picture are from the 1940's. They belonged to Herman Nyberg, a fisherman from the village of Bosund. Bosund Boat, Fishing and Hunting Museum
Boat The boat in the picture – the Seagram, built in 1997 in the village of Södra Vallgrund – was constructed for the sole purpose of participating in the annual Postal Rowing event, an event where a number of traditional postal service boats are sailed over the Kvarken strait. This event starts in Holmön in Sweden every second year, and in Björkö in Finland on other years. The event has been held since 1982 to commemorate the historical postal route that once sailed between Finland and Sweden. The Seagram has participated in the event every year. Its present skipper, Axel Snygg, represents the second generation of crew onboard the Seagram.
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