The development of the shipping industry was of crucial importance to our regions. The establishment of fishing towns,the fishing trade and new fishing and storage methods gave a tremendous impetus to the development of various types of vessels, from the earliest times until today: from sailing sloops, one-masted (langbomer) and two-masted sloops and schovers (open, single-mast boats used for netting shrimp) to steam and gate trawlers.
Most of the shipyards in Ostend (e.g. Panesi, Deweert, Borrey, Denye and Loy) had been established at the centrally located third trade dock ever since 1783. Wooden fishing vessels were built and repaired here until shortly after the Second World War.
The exhibition put together by ‘Oostendse Heem- en Geschiedkundige Kring De Plate’ features a selection from the circle’s collection and contains ship-building plans, photographs, models, paintings and pieces of nautical equipment. ‘Ostend Fishing Vessels’ is on exhibit from 25 May until 22 September in the Ostend City Museum (Stadsmuseum Oostende). Residents of Ostend may visit the exhibition, together with the museum’s permanent exhibition, free of charge on every first Sunday of the month.