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Fishing boat cemetery in Mazirbe village

Boat Cemetery and Mazirbe seaside


In some coastal villages in Northern Kurzeme fishing was restricted, while in the village of Mazirbe this was allowed under strict supervision of border guards. The boats in the seaside forest in Mazirbe are a result of the change – the old vessels were replaced by newer ones, leaving the first back in the forest.

In the 1960s, the Soviet Union banned individual fishing in the sea, and the motor boats which had no other purpose were simply beached in the dunes.  It is said that members of the Border Guard often set the boats on fire.  Another story is that the Border Guard banned an ancient tradition of burning old boats on Summer solstice Eve.  Along the road to the cemetery is the old net barn, which is a residential building today.

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