National Geographic : 1947 Mar
"How Much for This Zippered Ja< SWARMS of itinerant hawkers follow the fleet to sell clothing, blankets, watches, or any gadget which may catch a fisherman's eye. The Govern ment tried to regulate the trade by setting prices. But fishermen prefer to haggle and bargain, even though they know they may come out second best. Often Norwegian manufacturers send products direct to the islands, trade them for fish, ship the fish south to sell in cities like Kristiansund, Ale sund, and Bergen. Officials frown on such bar tering, but fishermen like it. Besides peddlers, jugglers, other entertainers of all sorts, and religious groups crowd Lofoten towns in season. Saturday nights are like carnival 0 Lennart Nilsson from Black Star ;ket?" Asks a Rowboat Peddler nights. Dungaree-clad crowds mill in streets, barkers hawk their wares, a holiday spirit reigns. Fishermen with jangling kroner in their pockets are out for a good time. An increasing number of men live aboard their boats. Large Diesel-powered craft have cut down the loss of life which fog, squalls, and treacherous tidal currents caused in the days of sailboat and oar. Lofoten currents, swirling through narrow straits, are the strongest along Norway's long and rugged coast. Most famous is the Mosken straumen, immortalized by Edgar Allan Poe in his graphic but imaginative A Descent into the Maelstrom.