Camelle likely originated from a settlement of Basque whale hunters. Always drawn to the sea, in the 19th century, and with the rising importance of fishing activities, Catalan businessmen built sardine and conger eel salting factories. In fact, the area's first salting factory, belonging to Galicia's oldest cannery (and one of Europe's 10 oldest canneries), the Camariñas-based Cerdeiras (1884), was here in Camelle.
If you stand on the dock, the salting factories were on the other side, around the area where there is an iron statue. If you go up there you can see the remains of the sinks. Be careful!
Salvage and ship breaking stations were also established in this port. Due to the large number of shipwrecks such as those of the Boris, the Natalia or the Yeoman, all ships colliding against the Rock of the Port, their business thrived. You will know it by the moored buoy.
The divers of Camelle were so renowned that in the 1960s they were in charge of inspecting Spain's swamps.
Currently, Camelle is Camariñas' second fishing port in importance. The headquarters of the Seafarers' Guild is very close to where you are now. Here you will see day boats and bottom longliners. If you go to the dock at about 3 or 4 in the afternoon, you can witness the unloading of the catch, a real treat for the senses.
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