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1A WASTE OF TIDE “Fishing for Anchovy in the Nether
A WASTE OF TIDE “Fishing for Anchovy in the Netherlands?” “Isn’t Anchovy this little fish from the Mediterranean?” Fisherman Cor van Dort has seen many surprised faces over the years. More surprised faces from customers in the shop; “No Anchovy today?” “You didn’t catch any?” For generations his and other families have been fishing for Anchovy in the Oosterschelde near the town of Bergen op Zoom. Unlike other fishermen Cor van Dort is not hunting the fish, he’s waiting for them. Twice a day at low tide he sails towards his funnel shaped trap on the edge of a sandbank. Anchovy likes the shallow warm waters near these sandbanks. With the low tide the fish are, if Cor has a lucky day, caught within his funnel, of which the arms of can stretch over a kilometre. The current of the low tide takes them in further and further. In the short season he can catch a 1000 Kg of Anchovy per tide, sometimes none…or as Cor calls it: “a waste of tide”. There used to be many other fishermen in this area using the same method of fishing but nowadays Cor shares these waters with only one remaining colleague.
 
2Anchovy fishing in the Oosterschelde on TV
TV Specials about anchovy fishing in the Oosterschelde in Nederland (weervisserij) by the family van Dort and Schild.
 
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3Bergen op Zoom
Pictures of van Dorts from the Bergen op Zoom archives
 
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4Coats of arms
While digging in the archives and contacting people several coat of arms of the van Dort families came up. Because the right to carry arms is a privilege attached to a certain branch of a family, a genealogy must proof a family relationship, before you can claim a certain coat of arms. Below are 10 different coats of arms attributed to the families van Dort. Coat of arms of 1. The family van Dort from Delft 2. The family van Dort from Colombo 3. The family van Dort-Kroon 4. The family von Dort from Hamburg 5. The family van Dorth from Beesd 6. The family van Dorth from Sluis 7. The family van Dorth van ‘s Hertogenbosch en Bergen op Zoom (patricier) 8. Maria van Dorth 9. Sibella van Dorth 10. Unknown, end 17th century
 
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5Fishing in Bergen op Zoom
Van Dorts involved in fishing in Bergen op Zoom. From the archives of Bergen op Zoom
 
6Legends of Ceylon by Aline Van Dort
Legends of Ceylon in fairy tales Eké mat eké rataké (Once in a certain country) from http://www.iaf.nl/Users/janpoel/
 
7Overview of the families van Dort
The family van Dort from The Netherlands is probably not one family. It is more likely that several families moved away from Dordrecht, also called Dordt, at a certain period of time. When they settled down in a new city they were called van Dort, which could mean from Dordt or from Dordrecht.

A genealogist, who looked into the family Schot, a family which is closely related to the family van Dort in Bergen op Zoom, claims to have found evidence that the family van Dort from Bergen op Zoom, originally came from Dordrecht. We didn't find evidence in Bergen op Zoom to support this theory yet, but it is very well possible.

In the Netherlands of the 17th century people with the name van Dort could be found in various cities: Bergen op Zoom and Rotterdam, Utrecht, the Beemster, Gorinchem and The Hague, Delft and Rijswijk and Amsterdam and Muiden. There is no connection yet established between the people in the several cities. In the 18th and 19th century people with the name van Dort were spread all over The Netherlands and Sri Lanka. And in the 19th and 20th century people with the name van Dort were spread over the whole world: the US, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Germany, England and Belgium.

The following pages contain the stories of the different families van Dort. The stories are based upon information from the genealogy research of my father and me and all the information provided by people from the families van Dort, whom we had the pleasure to write and talk to. You'll notice that some parts are more detailed than others. We welcome all help to fill in the missing gaps, for instants in the area of the unsolved puzzle of the various coats of arms.
 

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8Paintings by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
J.L.K. Van Dort had an instinctive artistry and what he drew he did for the sheer joy of drawing. The young Van Dort was schooled at the Colombo Academy where his head-teacher described him as a prodigy and a genius. ‘Art’ was not a part of a school curriculum in that period of our educational system, so he had no formal training in drawing and painting. JLK was essentially an illustrator, thinking in terms of black and white, with pen and pencil as his chosen instruments. He rarely used oil and it is said that water colour had really little attraction for him. Sometimes he reinforced his drawings with wash. Wherever he went on journeys his note book and sketch book always accompanied him. As he sat in a railway carriage he would with a few swift lines and smudges unerringly record what he saw and what specially attracted his eye, catching the passing incident or scene. Sometimes along a rustic road he would perch himself on a rock or embankment and interpret the atmosphere. Rural life and ritual sports, palanquins and bullock carts, a rickshaw wallah or horse drawn carriage — were featured in many of his sketches. The social scene on Galle Face Green carried in caricature personages of the day, legal luminaries and senior colonial officers, ladies of society in their crinolines and bonettes. A collection vast and varied rests in the National Museum of Colombo of the people of mid 19th century Ceylon. His love of satore led him to contribute to local comic papers such as ‘Muniand’ and ‘Young’ Ceylon’. He contributed to several journals, magazines and newspapers. In 1868 he sketched a series of law-court characters for A.M. Ferguson’s ‘Souvenirs of The visit of the Duke of Edinburgh to Ceylon’, a pictorial record for us of a later generation, for his impressions of the social life of Ceylon at the time are a valuable commentary and way of life. JLK loved the country he was destined to live in and his work is a legacy for us to visualize what was and to keep record. J. B. Siebel a class mate of JLK later wrote how, ‘his friend had great delight to draw pictures of horses and also of soldiers’. This is seen in a painting of water colours which will be on display at the forthcoming Exhibition of the Dawson Monument Kadugannawa, titled ‘A halt of the Ceylon Rifles on route to Kandy’. J.L.K. Van Dort was born on the 28 July 1831 and married, as mentioned, Cornelia Henrietta Spittel. They had two children, Grace, born 30 September 1861 and Ernest Francis 23 January 1865, both of whom inherited their father’s talent — though they had not his prodigious output. From 10 
9Paintings by Willem van Dort Sr.
Other more or less well known van Dort's from Bergen op Zoom are Willem van Dort (1875-1949) and his son Willem van Dort Jr. (1905 - 1995). They were both painters of landscapes, portraits and flowers. The father was an impressionist. His son taught at the gold smith school in Schoonhoven, and the art academy in Rotterdam. In '95 there was an exhibition of their paintings in museum the "Markiezenhof" in Bergen op Zoom.
 
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octobre 1996 - march 2007, created by Mascha van Dort, Delft, The Netherlands.