The Seafart Monument
Welcome you tourists some are here. This is the third deal of this years summer series of tourist guides to Stavanger, and today we shall see closer on the Seafart Monument.
The Seafart Monument - or the Shrimp, as it is called on peoples mouth - stands by the sea whole longest in on the Skagen Kay, and remember the locals - the so called siddises - about the fact that Stavanger is a seafart city. The Seafart Monument was a gift to the city from a famous shipsraider.
Seafart has been important for Stavanger since the earliest days. Special for the harbour.
To really look like one of the siddises, and breathe in the true smell of this old seafart city, buy a bag of shrimps from one of the boats and eat it right out of the bag while rambling around the old stone roads of the medieval city center. No one will take you for a tourist if you do that. If anybody asks you a question, just say “yes well”, and you will be taken for a local. That is how to be a real siddis for a day.
In modern times, the oil industry has become more important than the seafart, but without heavy seafart to begin with, the oil would never have found Stavanger. Like it heats in the song: “The answer is blowing in the wind” - the siddises has Stavangers good old seafart to thank for the whole wellstand.
If you come on a boat, just go to the end of the Beach Kay, where the marketplace is, and you will see the Seafart Monument in all its weld. It shines in the sun and the rain - over the heads of the travel siddises and reaches to the sky for and tell everybody that the seafart of Stavanger is traditionally among the strongest seafarts in the whole world.
Seafart has been important for Stavanger