When the IJsselmeer still was the Southern Sea, it was one of the most dangerous and unpredictable places for fishremen in Europe. The waves could get very high and winds could turn from one to the other moment. Women and children, waiting ashore had then the terrifying fear that the sea would again take casulaties and maybe their husband/father would be one of them.
Fishermen were no rich people and the lived in small houses. On various places in Harderwijk they still stand. On the in-between-harbour, in front of a row of these little houses, a little statue near the bridge to the windmill remind of this terror. A white little figure of a woman and child looking over the water towards the sea ... that now-a-days has been tamed by the land.
Like in Amsterdam, people here to used to live a lot with the water. First way I want to show is the houseboats. Though now-a-days Harderwijk has only a few places where houseboats are allowed (like here in the inner harbour), their were more places centuries ago.