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The fishermen at the fishing harbor in Sopot are neighbours of The Restaurant Bar Przystań. We buy fish from them, admire their hard work and great courage. Therefore, we decided to write a few words about them...   The first mention of the fact that Sopot was a fishing village dates back to the 13th century. Archaeological discoveries in the early medieval settlement, situated north of the city in Haffner Street, are also a piece of evidence. Numerous animal bones and a large quantity of fish remains indicate that fishery and cattle breed played an important role in the economy of the inhabitants of the town.   In the 18th century, there was a fishing village at the exit of today's Monte Cassino Street (now - Plac Przyjaciół Sopotu). It was connected with the Upper Sopot with a narrow path crossing wet meadows. In 1734, the fishing cottages and stately residencies in the upper part of the city were burned down. After reconstruction, the old planning system was not brought back. Appreciating the coastal areas and their attractiveness it was decided that fishermen had to be moved in the direction of the current Ogrodowa and Parkowa Streets. This happened in the 30's of the 18th century. After 1914, Sopot fishermen were pushed even further, to the mouth of the Karlikowski Stream. Thus, throughout the history of Sopot, there were several fishing harbours in the city, but the one on the Karlikowski shore, though the youngest; it is a continuation of the earlier ones.   It is a phenomenon, a marina, which has "lived" continuously since the 13th century to the present day! A small number of fishermen in Sopot, against all odds, have survived to this day living at the seaside. There are few of them - five crews. Fishermen are back in the morning, sometimes at noon.  They sail on small wooden boats, similar to those from the 14th century. These are "pomeranki" or traditional Kashubian boats. Against all odds, a small number of Sopot fishermen have survived to this day. Fate, as harsh conditions in which they work, has never spoiled them.   The small chapel "Oh happy return" next to the fishing harbour is devoted to those who have not returned from the sea. A chapel in the form of a stockade built of poles, straight out of the water (from the repaired pier) in which they have stayed for 80 years. All kinds of shells, barnacles and seaweed were left on them.   The figure of Christ as the Man of Sorrows sitting in the chapel has his hand raised over his forehead, watching fishermen who return from fishing grounds providing them - happy returns!   Fishermen say they need to learn respect for the sea and to their profession. You have to follow a few sacred rules. You cannot steal fish from you colleagues. It is prohibited to throw dirt in the water, because the sea is a living creature.