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 Veines

 
Veines ( Kongsfjord guesthouse)
Today, Kongsfjord itself has well over 30 residents and a small fish wholesalers with eight workers. At Veines the warehouse and seasonal worker's shed on the water's edge stand as a reminder of earlier business activity linked to fishing and trading.

The warehouse was set up by a travelling boat-builder and carpenter. It contained the fish processing plant, general store and steamship office. The ships were loaded and unloaded out in the fjord and the goods were taken in using a flat-bottomed rowing-boat. The quayside also had a bait shed and forge. In the warehouse was the general store with a good selection of both clothing and food, and on the quayside fish was delivered by and purchased from local fishermen. After this the fish was processed and sold on as saltfish to Russia and as dried fish to Italy. Following a big storm and ice drift during the 1970s, the strain on the quay pillars became too great and the sheds and parts of the quayside collapsed.

The monthly workers' shed is, as its name suggests, somewhere to house travelling workers on a monthly contract. The shed was a much-loved place to hang out for the children in the neighbourhood, and stories about ghosts and other supernatural goings-on flourished in these little rooms. There are also countless legendary tales about the personalities who once lived here.




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