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3 km long and 70 m wide at the mouth, there are few fjords that can compete with Trollfjord! It is a channel that penetrates deep into the 1000 m high Trolltindan, and finishes in a dead end in the dark and dramatic Raftsundet. The scenery here is terrifyingly imposing. 

For a long time, the rumour had gone round that Trollfjord was choked with fish. On March 6th , five thousand fishermen in 1300 nordic boats (Nordlands boats) lay afloat across the opening into the fjord. Ahead of them loomed a wall of steamships, four abreast, linked and chained to one another from cliff to cliff.

The fishermen were denied entrance to the fjord. The atmosphere became agitated, and open fighting broke out, during which oars, knives, pike poles, and axes were used as weapons. The steamships retaliated with water hoses.

After a short but intense battle, the fishermen managed to overpower the crews on board the steamers. The blockade was broken; the fishermen steamed into the fjord and caught record amounts of fish.

This was the first signal that a new era had begun: that of the steamer and seine-nets-capitalism’s inroad in the fishing industry.


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