As I blogged before, on 17 September 2017 we arrived at the North Sea in Katwijk town in the Netherlands. As this photo shows, there, on a sand dune, is a reproduction of a painting by artist Jan Toorop (1858–1928). Of Dutch-Indonesian ancestry, he lived some of his life in Katwijk.
This 1890 painting shows a ‘bomschuit‘ type ship on the beach of Katwijk. Fishermen and horses had to drag the ship out of the sea, or back into the sea; as Katwijk has no seaport.
A bit further was more art reminding people of fishing, traditionally the main industry in Katwijk aan Zee village.
A metal sculpture commemorates the over a hundred Katwijk fishermen who died at sea from 1919-2000, mentioning their names and ages.
The poem on the monument says (translated): Went to sea to have daily bread/Not knowing about the ends of their lives/This death did not grant farewells to loved ones/Only the names and memories stayed.
So, after the 1900 theatre play Op Hoop van Zegen by Herman Heijermans, which exposed unscrupulous shipowners and workplace deaths, and increased pressure for improvements, fishing was still a dangerous job. And it still is in this 21st century: in front of the metal monument were four stones commemorating four Katwijk fishermen casualties from 2005, 2006 and 2007.
A lamppost which used to be a ship’s mast.
We arrived at the bird migration counting point, with pictures of various bird species which pass here. Meanwhile, barn swallows flying south on their autumn migration. So did meadow pipits.
A jackdaw and two migrating northern wheatears on the ground close to us. Unfortunately, no people counting birds present.
Sea holly growing. The flowers are gone already.
We continue to the mouth of the Old Rhine river. A carrion crow. A ringed plover on a rock.
Then, we walk south along the beach.
We pass the old Saint Andrew’s church and its tower.
Finally, we are on the part of the beach south of Katwijk, and go inland to the sand dunes. Stay tuned!
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