Eel Drifters: Building a traditional fishing boat from the Danish island of Fejø [Paperback]

Morten Gøthche(Author)

ISBN: 9788785180674 | Published by: Viking Ship Museum | Year of Publication: 2015 | Language: English 80p, 192 full color illustrations
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Eel Drifters


In the autumn of 2010, the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde launched a newly built eel-drifter (åledrivkvase), a type of fishing boat traditionally used on the waters between Zealand, Lolland and Falster. Inspired by similar North-German fishing boats, the so-called Zeesboote, the eel-drifter was designed by boatbuilders on the island of Fejø, north of Lolland.
Eel-drifters were developed for fishing with eel-seine nets. With a large net played out between booms fore and aft, the boat would drift sideways through the water with all sails set.
Here, in text and pictures, Morten Gøthche provides a short account of the history of the boat type, the boatbuilders behind them and the subsequent construction of the new eel-drifter at the Viking Ship Museum’s boatyard.

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