Fishing nostalgia

  • Fishing boats saw WW1 action beyond home waters

    Fishing boats saw WW1 action beyond home waters

    3rd March 2016

    In the latest of an occasional series, Defending Britain, remembering the crucially important role fishermen immediately took on a century ago, John Worrall explains how fishing boats were frequently deployed hundreds of miles from their home ports in support of…

  • Anchor Seiners built at Peterhead by Herd & Mackenzie

    Anchor Seiners built at Peterhead by Herd & Mackenzie

    1st March 2016

    John Addison looks back on a trend-setting succession of anchor-seiners built at Herd and Mackenzie’s boatyard at Peterhead between 1954 and 1961. During the late 1940s and the early 1950s, a number of traditional Danish anchor-seiners from Grimsby and Esbjerg…

  • Ports in the Past: Aberdeen Harbour

    Ports in the Past: Aberdeen Harbour

    25th February 2016

    As the two nostalgic photos on this page show, some fifty years ago Aberdeen harbour was home to a large fleet of whitefish vessels supported an equally imposing whitefish processing sector. At this time, Aberdeen was firmly established as the…

  • Fishermen in WW1 – Tin Fishing

    Fishermen in WW1 – Tin Fishing

    18th February 2016

    In the latest of an occasional series remembering the crucially important role fishermen immediately took on a century ago, John Worrall looks back on how U-boats replaced herring as the sole target species of drifters. It sort of made sense.…

  • Ports in the Past: Pittenweem

    Ports in the Past: Pittenweem

    11th February 2016

    Located on the East Neuk of Fife, on the north shore of the Firth of Forth, Pittenweem harbour has a longstanding tradition of fishing. The inshore prawn trawlers and creel boats that fish from Pittenweem today are a long way…

  • Commercial fishing: Looking back to 2001

    Commercial fishing: Looking back to 2001

    4th February 2016

    In 2001, the world saw the birth of many new inventions, explorations and entertainment franchises, along with momentous events in history. Casting our gaze to the skies, this was the year that Mars Odyssey was launched as part of NASA’s…

  • Fishmarkets of Yesteryear: Brixham

    Fishmarkets of Yesteryear: Brixham

    28th January 2016

    Martin Johns looks back on former fishmarkets at Brixham. Situated on the South Devon coast, in close proximity to Berry Head, Brixham has long been a key fishmarket of both local and national importance. Today, as one of the main…

  • Where are they now? Newlyn’s grand old ladies

    Where are they now? Newlyn’s grand old ladies

    21st January 2016

    ELIZABETH ANN WEBSTER – ELIZABETH CAROLINE – MARIE CLAIRE Like so many other fishing boats of their immediate post-war generation, these three boats originated from the Ministry of Defence. A large number of wooden boats were built by the Admiralty,…

  • Fishmarkets of Yesteryear: Lowestoft

    Fishmarkets of Yesteryear: Lowestoft

    14th January 2016

    For decades Lowestoft was one of the leading ports in the UK, with large quantities of fish being sold on the market floor daily before being delivered by local processors by rail to a number of locations. One of the…

  • Commercial fishing: Looking back to 1955

    Commercial fishing: Looking back to 1955

    7th January 2016

    In 1955, an American icon was created by dying a violent death, while another burst, very much alive, onto the world stage. On September 30 James Dean crashed and died in his Porsche 550 Spyder in California and the following…