Fishing nostalgia

  • 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…

  • Ports in the past: Peterhead

    Ports in the past: Peterhead

    31st December 2015

    While Peterhead, which established a new port value record on £171M in 2014, continues to be the main fishing port in Britain by some considerable margin, this selection of photographs, all of which were taken in the past 30 years,…

  • Defending Britain: Cracking Eggs

    Defending Britain: Cracking Eggs

    24th December 2015

    In the latest of an occasional series remembering the crucially-important role fishermen immediately took on a century ago, John Worrall looks back at how mines helped change the shape of naval warfare. Britain hadn’t been keen on mines. She considered…

  • Fishmarkets of Yesteryear: Newlyn

    Fishmarkets of Yesteryear: Newlyn

    17th December 2015

    Situated at the south-west tip of Britain in close proximity to inshore and offshore grounds near Lands’ End, yielding a wide variety of catches, Newlyn harbour has a longstanding and proud tradition of being a prominent fishing port. Newlyn today…

  • Commercial fishing: Looking back to 1945

    Commercial fishing: Looking back to 1945

    10th December 2015

    This week Fishing News looks back to 1945, a year that saw the country struggling to recover as the Second World War came to an end. In a stark reflection of the economic and political climate, Fishing News is also at one…

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

    Where are they now? Fishing vessels from years gone by

    3rd December 2015

    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…

  • Ports in the past: North Shields

    Ports in the past: North Shields

    26th November 2015

    Today widely recognised as the biggest prawn landing port in England, North Shields has a long-standing history as a fishing port. Above: Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth steam drifters, including Sunbeam (under tow by a local tug) and Acorn, berthed in…

  • Fishmarkets of yesteryear: Scarborough

    Fishmarkets of yesteryear: Scarborough

    19th November 2015

    Until only 20 years ago, Scarborough was one of the leading whitefish landing ports on the East Coast of England. Above: Buyers evaluate the contents of traditional wooden fish boxes on Scarborough fishmarket in October 1984. As this selection of interesting…

  • Commercial fishing: Looking back to 1977

    Commercial fishing: Looking back to 1977

    12th November 2015

    Still being printed in black-and-white, with a small amount of blue added to the cover, what Fishing News lacked in colour, it made up for in content. Politically, 1977 was a challenging year for the industry and Fishing News was…

  • Defending Britain: Fishing boats and tethered goats

    Defending Britain: Fishing boats and tethered goats

    11th November 2015

    In Remembrance week, John Worrall looks back at the start of the hostilities in the North Sea following the outbreak of World War One and, in the third of an occasional series, remembers the crucially important role fishermen immediately took…