By Rob van Ginkel
This ethnographic research considers the engagement of Dutch fishermen with the constrained assets of the marine international, in addition to the capricious markets and political interventions that govern the fishing from the early eighteenth-century to the current day. extra particularly, it makes a speciality of the owner-operators, deckhands, fishermen’s other halves, and others fascinated by the fisheries of Texel, an island on the northwestern finish of the Netherlands. Elucidating how the fishermen have navigated treacherous waters, in either a true and metaphorical experience, for lots of many years, Braving afflicted Waters bargains a portrait of a group on the interface of neighborhood, nationwide, and supranational techniques.
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Storms had occasionally caused heavy damage as craft broke from their anchors and sank, often taking a heavy toll of human lives. Although the harbour satisfied the need for a safe haven, the decline of the East India Company in the second half of the 18th century and its subsequent bankruptcy in 1799, adverse political and economic times and shifts in maritime traffic implied that the village’s heyday was over. In addition, neighbouring Den Helder – situated on the mainland – rose as a naval port.
The differences between the owner-operators of the two fishing villages seemed to intensify in the postwar years, in which the position of the local fishing industry’s inshore segment deteriorated rapidly. The reasons why one segment thrived while another languished were manifold, the one appearing to amplify the other. In the emic view, however, an ideational element – summarized as ‘mentality’ – was the key to understanding the divergence. I will attempt to show that the explanation must be sought in the articulation of particular forms of capital that were mainly of an economic and socio-cultural nature.
Along with the emergence of oyster fishing in the early 18th century, maritime pursuits grew in importance. Most of the 136 mariners were therefore probably fishermen. The census mentioned 151 Den Hoorn men in maritime occupations, mainly pilots-cum-fishermen. However, Den Hoorn began facing the problem that a bay near the village, where they moored their boats, was silting up, whereupon the local pilots started to move to Oudeschild. Following repeated requests, in 1780 a harbour, including a shipyard and a slipway, was constructed in Oudeschild.