Svinaskalastekkur is an abandoned farm in the Helgustada County on the
Reydarfjordur Bay. In 1904, Asgeir Asgeirsson, a merchant from
Villag Isafjordur in the northwest, started whaling and whale processing there.
The cutters were all Norwegian, but the county benefited much from those
activities. The spot, where the whalers dropped the processed carcasses
of the whales in the bay, became important for shark fishing. The
people in the surrounding area preserved the whale meat and fat by
cooking it and putting it in whey. The last few years of the operation,
the whales were processed in a meat meal factory for guano.
Richard Beck (1897-1979), who lived in Canada most of his lifetime, was
born at Svinaskalastekkur. He left behind a big collection of
literature and poetry and was bestowed an honourary doctorate by the
University of Iceland in 1961.
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