Fishing nostalgia

  • Funding enables Scottish Fisheries Museum digitisation project

    Funding enables Scottish Fisheries Museum digitisation project

    16th July 2021

    A grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Digital Innovation and Engagement Fund is set to enable the Scottish Fisheries Museum’s Fish Net project, which will produce a digitised, publicly accessible archive.…

  • Bobby Brown BEM: A life fishing

    Bobby Brown BEM: A life fishing

    16th July 2021

    The sea was in his blood – Robert Charles ‘Bobby’ Brown was born in 1901 into a prolific fishing family. His father Charlie and uncles were all fishermen, and he went to sea from the age of six. The family…

  • All coming out in the Wash

    All coming out in the Wash

    7th May 2021

    The approaching expiry of the Wash Fishery Order has brought the growing disquiet about local fishery management to a head. John Worrall reports… There is a funny smell around the doings of Eastern IFCA. It isn’t the whiff of rotting…

  • Recycled currach launched on St Patrick’s Day

    Recycled currach launched on St Patrick’s Day

    26th March 2021

    An Irish fishing currach, built in Spain using only recycled and salvaged materials, was launched on St Patrick’s Day last week, reports Lorna Siggins. A currach made from recycled materials by Irish artist Mark Redden… Named Saoirse, the Irish word…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • Southwold Sailors’ Reading Room: nautical tales and temperance

    Southwold Sailors’ Reading Room: nautical tales and temperance

    4th December 2020

    A facility set up to improve the minds and morals of Victorian seafarers survives to celebrate east coast maritime heritage. John Worrall reports It may have been because of the presence of the already noted Sole Bay brewery – which was…

  • Radiant Star: seine-netting in Burra Haaf

    Radiant Star: seine-netting in Burra Haaf

    3rd December 2020

    David Linkie looks back to a day spent with Shetland skipper Victor Laurenson and crew of the Burra fly-shooter Radiant Star LK 71 in August 2010 Seine-net boats catching a wide selection of whitefish in coastal waters have been an…

  • Plan to turn iconic Donegal boat into work of art

    Plan to turn iconic Donegal boat into work of art

    11th September 2020

    In 1977, the late Donegal fisherman Eddie ‘Beag’ Gillespie towed his boat Cara na Mara ashore because she needed two planks replaced. Forty-three years later, she is still on Magheraclogher beach near Bunbeg – and the community is raising the…