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The emergence of Fisheries in Egmond aan Zee

The very beginning

After St. Adelbert, from Ireland as a follower of Willibrord, Kennemerland preached and after his death was venerated as a saint, his name was attached to the stone monastery in Egmond Within, that 2 centuries after his death around 950 was built to replace an earlier wooden chapel founded. Around this monastery grew to livelihood of the Benedictine monks and the surrounding population hunting, cattle breeding, Agriculture and fisheries.

Fishing took place on the lakes, who was still on the former Zuiderzee and other inlets communicated with the North Sea. This was a miserable existence, more so because the connection to the inlets increasingly silted, and therefore very impoverished population.

The first Pinck

About the year 1400 arose in Egmond aan Zee called Pinck, then a flatboat vaartuigje of about the 5,50 to 6 meters at ca. 2,5 meter breed. The ship with front and rear plechtje, was clinker-built with a completely flat bottom, so the boat after it was built, rolls from the boat shed at the beach could be transported. On the beach arrived, it was further equipped with nets, fishing lines and what more was needed to fishing. Then the pinck was brought to the low water mark, with a small rowing boat anchor was released and with the emergence of the Flood came pinck raft. As was done fishing trip after trip, always taking into account the tide. In bad weather could this pinckjes against the dune base to be pulled up or if necessary even back into the village.

Other coastal towns names on the type of ship, of which the best known are Scheveningen and Katwijk. Other places were Ter Heide, Noordwijk, Zandvoort, Wijk aan Zee, less well known Bergen and Schoorl, still Caps, Callantsoog and Huisduinen.

The main season for fishermen was in the winter months from November to May. The fishermen were adopted from St Maarten to Pentecost. From November to January were fishing with angle as haddock and cod, thereafter until May with standing rigging or blessing for plaice and other flatfish species. Also was also back with angle as haddock and whiting. The summer was a slack time. With the larger pincken they enter it at the time of the merchant. In July 1440 there was a laden with wool Egmondermeer Pinck in the port of Happisburgh (20 miles north of Great Yarmouth).