Fishing nostalgia

  • 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…

  • Chris Andra: midwater trawling for herring

    Chris Andra: midwater trawling for herring

    21st August 2020

    As the 2020 North Sea seasonal herring fishing gathers momentum, David Linkie looks back 13 years to a trip on the new Fraserburgh midwater trawler Chris Andra FR 228  With the 2007 summer herring season drawing to a close, Chris…

  • Opportune: twin-rig prawn trawling

    Opportune: twin-rig prawn trawling

    17th July 2020

    David Linkie looks back 23 years to a five-day trip on the Fraserburgh twin-rig prawn trawler Opportune BF 19 Eight hours after throwing off the ropes, on the ‘back o’ Sunday night’ at the Broch, Opportune settled her gear in…

  • Gentle Barbara: Potting on beach-launched Filey coble

    Gentle Barbara: Potting on beach-launched Filey coble

    3rd July 2020

    In this occasional series, David Linkie looks back on fishing trips, some of them in fisheries now sadly consigned to history, that he has experienced over the past 30-plus years For generations of inshore fishermen, launching and hauling out boats…

  • Great Yarmouth: boaters, bloaters and red herrings

    Great Yarmouth: boaters, bloaters and red herrings

    26th June 2020

    Great Yarmouth was a centre of the herring boom. Now it’s more gas and wind. John Worrall reports In normal times, Great Yarmouth is a visitor town. Wide sandy beaches, lots of fast food and the seafront Golden Mile make for family…

  • Boston: Of cogs and stumps and the price of fish

    Boston: Of cogs and stumps and the price of fish

    11th June 2020

    The Lincolnshire town’s fortunes have gone up and down – like its fishing. John Worrall reports The Lincolnshire port of Boston goes back a long way. Boston first got rich in medieval times through the Hanseatic League, whose success was substantially based…

  • East Anglian beach companies – sharks and saviours

    East Anglian beach companies – sharks and saviours

    10th May 2020

    In the days before lifeboat services, saving lives at sea went hand in hand with the chance to make serious money from salvage, reports John Worrall It was a question of time and place. In the 18th and 19th centuries,…