"Pencil case" is the name of the type of motor boat, which was quite characteristic of fisheries on the Limfjord from 1930 to 1960.
Around 1900 Danish fishery was motorised, and although the fishermen in the Limfjord tired to adapt existing vessels to the new circumstances, their attempt were without avail. At the same time the fishermen faced a problem as fishing with motorised vessels with a gross tonnage above 5 was outlawed due to the risk of overfishing. In 1926, Ove Christensen - a boat builder from Glyngøre - decided to build a vessel which took full advantage of the allowed space. The results was a carvel-built motor boat which, according to the valid measurement regulations, was just below the permitted tonnage, but in reality loaded more. Hence the fishing cutter was born, and it quickly became a success. Although it was the preferred vessel for fishing in the 1930's, it was outmatched at first by a larger and more modern fishing vessel and later by the general decline in fishery.
Facts about pennalhuset Nora (1937)
Construction: carvel-built motor boat with cruiser. 4.92 GT
Material: pine on oak
Length: 25 feet
Width: 8.4 feet
Depth: 4.2 feet
Engine: Grenå glow diesel engine (1938). One-cylinder, 30 hp, diesel.