Fishing nostalgia

  • Safety at sea campaigner Lillian Bilocca remembered

    Safety at sea campaigner Lillian Bilocca remembered

    4th February 2022

    On 22 January, Hull’s Hessle Road celebrated one of its own when a plaque was unveiled at the former home of Lillian Bilocca, who led the successful campaign for better safety at sea after the 1968 Triple Trawler Disaster. Her biographer…

  • Diamond Lives: Wreck And Rescue

    Diamond Lives: Wreck And Rescue

    24th January 2022

    110 years ago this month, a Hull trawler perished when she ran aground after crewmen mistook deadly white cliffs for snow. Brian W Lavery tells of the Diamond, the skipper who saved every soul aboard – and what became of…

  • The life and times of Skipper Dora

    The life and times of Skipper Dora

    11th November 2021

    Women had not long got the vote when Dora Walker became the North East’s first female coble skipper. Brian W Lavery charts the career of the woman who went wartime fishing with a pistol strapped to her waist Dora Walker…

  • Black Friday: The Eyemouth Fishing Disaster

    Black Friday: The Eyemouth Fishing Disaster

    29th October 2021

    One hundred and forty years ago this month, the Scottish port of Eyemouth suffered Britain’s worst ever fishing disaster, when 189 men and boys perished on what locals still call Black Friday. Brian W Lavery recalls the tragedy Eyemouth’s fishermen…

  • North Shields: Pictures Seeking Captions

    North Shields: Pictures Seeking Captions

    29th September 2021

    Photographer Laszlo Torday documented the North East of England, including the North Shields fishing industry, for decades. Yet little is known of him – or about his pictures. Brian W Lavery reports… Day after day, year after year, he went…

  • 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…

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