Fishing nostalgia

  • Where are they now? Fishing vessels from years gone by

    Where are they now? Fishing vessels from years gone by

    1st June 2017

    Our ‘Where are they now?’ feature provides brief histories, including build details, of a varied selection of fishing vessels from years gone by. Some of these vessels continue to perform successfully today, under different names to the ones they were…

  • Littlehampton Lifeboats: An illustrated history

    Littlehampton Lifeboats: An illustrated history

    12th May 2017

    A new book on the history of Littlehampton lifeboats recounts the history from its opening in the late 19th century to the present day, reports John Periam. Littlehampton lifeboat station was closed after the First World War but was reopened…

  • Ports in the Past – Scrabster Harbour of yesteryear

    Ports in the Past – Scrabster Harbour of yesteryear

    13th April 2017

    Located in Thurso Bay, and sheltered by Holburn Head to the northwest and Dunnet Head to the northeast, Scrabster harbour has long occupied a fairly unique position in the UK fishing industry. Its geographical location in the Pentland Firth meant…

  • Ports in the Past: Ullapool of yesteryear

    Ports in the Past: Ullapool of yesteryear

    5th January 2017

    For more than 20 years, the Scottish west coast port of Ullapool was one of the busiest landing centres in the UK on a seasonal basis. Ullapool’s rise to prominence coincided with the growth of mackerel fishing, when a large…

  • Seiner PD 165: a journey to becoming Star SY 152

    Seiner PD 165: a journey to becoming Star SY 152

    20th October 2016

    The 39ft motorboat Star returned to her home port of Grimsby earlier this month, after visiting some of her former fishing locations, including The Moray Firth and the west coast of Scotland, when owner Gordon Gee also passed through the…

  • Buckie-built anchor-seiners

    Buckie-built anchor-seiners

    1st July 2016

    John Addison summarises a succession of anchor-seiners built at Buckie boatyards, Herd & Mackenzie, Jones, and Thomsons, between 1949 and 1976 Traditional Danish-style anchor-seiners regularly worked out of Buckie harbour when fishing in the Moray Firth between October and March…

  • Ports in the Past – Fleetwood Harbour

    Ports in the Past – Fleetwood Harbour

    7th April 2016

    For decades Fleetwood was one of the UK’s main fishing ports, headed only by the dominant Humberside duo of Grimsby and Hull. A diverse fleet of FD-registered vessels returned to Wyre Dock with continual supplies of whitefish. This enabled the…

  • Ports in the Past… Kilkeel of yesteryear

    Ports in the Past… Kilkeel of yesteryear

    10th March 2016

    Situated against the dramatic backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne in Co Down, Kilkeel harbour today is home to a predominantly shellfish-orientated fleet of prawn trawlers and scallop dredgers. Highly restrictive fisheries management measures for the Irish Sea led to…

  • Historic Firth of Forth Protest – 2001

    Historic Firth of Forth Protest – 2001

    9th March 2016

    Fifteen years ago this week, 168 Scottish boats formed a huge flotilla; a remarkable sight as it steamed under the world-famous rail and road bridges spanning the Firth of Forth. Carried out with military precision, the highly visual demonstration was…