Fishing nostalgia

  • 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…

  • Fishermen in WW1 – sweeping all before

    Fishermen in WW1 – sweeping all before

    8th October 2015

    In the second of an occasional series to remember the crucially important role fishermen took on a century ago, John Worrall looks back at the start of the hostilities in the North Sea following the outbreak of World War 1.…

  • Commercial fishing: looking back to 1995

    Commercial fishing: looking back to 1995

    1st October 2015

    1995 in a nutshell Cliff Richard is knighted, Gerald Durrell dies, and Nick Leeson breaks Barings Bank. It’s 1995, Fishing News is printed with a colour front cover, but most of the inside pages are still black and white. In…

  • Ports of the past: Hull harbour

    Ports of the past: Hull harbour

    24th September 2015

    It is hard to believe now that Hull was one of the world’s biggest fishing ports as recently as the 1970s. Hull’s rise as a major fishing port began with the discovery of the rich Dogger Bank fishing grounds in…

  • Fishmarkets of yesteryear: Herring

    Fishmarkets of yesteryear: Herring

    17th September 2015

    At a time when midwater trawlers from Co Down, north-east Scotland and Shetland are fishing herring in both the Irish Sea and North Sea, it is appropriate to select ‘silver darlings’ as the theme for this month’s Fishmarkets of Yesteryear.…

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

    Where are they now? Fishing vessels from years gone by

    9th September 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…

  • Commercial fishing: looking back to 1925

    Commercial fishing: looking back to 1925

    4th September 2015

    The mid 1920s saw a wealth of creativity, from archetypal literature to innovative London bus design and the development of television. Notable triumphs in 1925 include the first television image being transmitted in London by John Baird and the introduction…