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  • Worfolk Boats: Classic Craft From The Wash

    Worfolk Boats: Classic Craft From The Wash

    9th April 2021

    Worfolk boats were built to last – and now another centenarian is being restored. John Worrall reports… Walter ‘Chappie’ Worfolk was a Yorkshire lad. Born, in 1864, in the small village of Stainforth near Doncaster, he was one of several…

  • Swan’s fishing history remembered

    Swan’s fishing history remembered

    2nd April 2021

    Joseph Kay, who spent the majority of his career as a fisherman, latterly as second skipper on the Donvale, shares memories of Shetland’s restored sailing Fifie Swan, and stories from those who crewed the Swan and similar vessels in their…

  • The master of the Girl Pat

    The master of the Girl Pat

    1st April 2021

    Exactly 85 years ago, swashbuckling Scottish skipper Dod Orsborne made a massive April Fool of his bosses when he stole the Grimsby seine-netter Girl Pat and sailed her into an 80-day, 5,000-mile chase that made him a worldwide celebrity. Brian…

  • Capturing reality, past and present

    Capturing reality, past and present

    26th March 2021

    A new documentary focusing on fishermen in the Outer Hebrides aims to show the human side of the industry. Rachael Harper speaks to director Alastair Cole about his film Iorram “We wanted to be part of the conversation around the…

  • Lowestoft: of herring and a harbour

    Lowestoft: of herring and a harbour

    12th March 2021

    Fishing from Lowestoft was transformed by an ambitious piece of 19th-century engineering. John Worrall reports It was mainly about herring, going back as far – and further – than we can trace. Landings at Lowestoft increased dramatically with the greater…

  • Deal: tradition and change

    Deal: tradition and change

    11th March 2021

    In the Kent town of Deal, a ‘limb’ of the Cinque Ports, fishing is now mostly about preserving heritage, reports John Periam Fishing boats on Deal beach as recently as 2001. David Skardon’s boat Fair Chance with a day’s catch.…

  • Cheetah powers ahead

    Cheetah powers ahead

    26th February 2021

    The challenges of 2020 look set to continue through 2021, but this has not deterred Cheetah Marine International Ltd, which now has a foot in both the UK and the EU, reports John Periam Cheetah’s yards in both the UK…

  • Sail training opens new horizons

    Sail training opens new horizons

    25th February 2021

    Continuing the series of personal reflections to mark the 25th anniversary of the relaunch of Shetland’s restored sailing Fifie Swan, Andrew Halcrow, the Swan Trust’s first and longest-serving skipper, shares his memories of the trust’s youth work When the Swan…

  • Cordella: picturing the past

    Cordella: picturing the past

    20th February 2021

    In 1980, young photographer Alec Gill was invited to document a mackerel trip off the South West coast onboard Cordella H 177. Forty years on, he recalls the memories evoked by his pictures Deep-sea mission My camera is a passport…