POT AND CLEANING BRUSH

 

Cleaning brush

First half of the 20th century. Wood and hair. Associació Museu del Mar collection. Donation: Albert Sanabra Illa.

Pot

First half of the 20th century. Iron. Associació Museu del Mar collection. Donation: Marina Masip Castells.

To help take the boats out to see and launch them, the fishermen placed three or four thick wooden posts on the sand.

The posts, which were flat at the top and bottom, were laid parallel, one in front of the other, at about 80cm or 1m apart, to help the boats slide and, as the boat slid across the sand, the posts were removed. In order for the boats to slide across the posts without stopping, the fishermen filled a pot with suet and used cleaning brushes like this one to paste the posts. Placing these transverse posts under the boat keel was one of the hardest jobs.

The posts were engraved by fire with the name of each fisherman so that they did not get lost.

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