Fishing nostalgia

  • 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…

  • Fishmarkets of yesteryear: Peterhead

    Fishmarkets of yesteryear: Peterhead

    5th November 2015

    Above: Lossiemouth skipper William Smith’s 85ft seiner Sunbeam INS 189 had the distinction of being the first boat to land into the new extension to Peterhead’s fishmarket. Built at Peterhead by Richard Irvin, and agented by Grampian Sea Fishing, Sunbeam…

  • Ports of the past: Padstow harbour

    Ports of the past: Padstow harbour

    29th October 2015

    Above image: Elizabeth Shaun PW 159 and Dunlin FY 516 tie up after a day’s work, while Swan PW 333, Charlotta PW 362 and Lady B Good PW 165 land their catches at Padstow’s south dock in October 1986. Located two…