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Coopery

Just like the sail-maker, the cooper is also a very important individual in the region around the Zuiderzee. His vats and barrels are indispensable for the preservation of fish and other commodities.

Herring is literally salted on board. First the fish are placed in the barrel, then a scoop of salt is sprinkled over them and the cooperage begins. The barrel is opened on land and supplemented with more salt and herring. The salt shrinks the herring that was packed earlier.

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Coopery