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Sign: Rotterdam - Delfshaven - Bag carrier’s house and Kraanhuis

Voorstraat 13, 3024 RS Rotterdam, Netherlands
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On the sign:
Zakkendragerhuisje 1653 en Kraanhuis ca. 1550.

Het kantoor van het zakkendragersgilde werd tegen het reeds bestaande kraanhuis aangebouwd, dat de sluis naar het Achterwater bediende met behulp van tredmolens. Dat was nodig toen de Achterhaven via het Achterwater werd doorverbonden met de AelbrechtsKolk.

De klok in ’t torentje werd geluid als er een schip gelost moest worden. Aan het aantal slagen konden de zakkendragers horen wat voor soort lading het betrof (bijv. 3x was graan) die werd vervolgens op de rug naar de pakhuizen gedragen.

Het huisje diende later ook als gevangenis, wachthuisje en als brandspuithuis. De 4 gevelstenen in de zijkant komen uit oude gesloopte pandjes.

Zakkendragershuisje (1653) and Kraanhuis (ca. 1550). Het Zakkendragers- huisje, the office of the porters guild, was built adjacent to the already existing crane house. The crane house was used to operate the sluice to the Achterwater by means of treadmills. That became necessary when the Achterhaven was connected to the Aelbrechtskolk via the Achterwater.

The bell in the tower was rung when a ship was to be unloaded. By the number of strokes the porters could identify the kind of cargo (e.g. 3 strokes meant grain). The cargo was carried to the warehouses on the back of the porters.

Later the house also served as a prison, a watchhouse and as a fire station." The 4 ornamental stones at the side came from old demolished buildings.

[Illustration of a bear carrying sacks]

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Delfshaven is a district of Rotterdam that was independent until 1886.
Delfshaven was spared from the German bombing of Rotterdam, but part of it was damaged by Allied bombing in 1943

The house that was used as the porters’ office was photographed on the same day by the same photographer, under the sign you can see a sign with the year 1653 Click for a larger image

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