Fishing nostalgia

  • 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,…

  • The Glaven ports – long trips from small places

    The Glaven ports – long trips from small places

    24th April 2020

    Notwithstanding the current crisis, fishing today is a lot easier than it used to be. John Worrall delves deep into Norfolk fishing history Consider this. On an early spring day, in a small creek on the east coast of medieval…

  • Jim Portus: 30 years at the helm

    Jim Portus: 30 years at the helm

    25th October 2019

    Thirty years ago, on 1 October, 1989, fishery protection officer Jim Portus jumped ship from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF – now the MMO) to manage the South Western Fish Producers’ Organisation (SWFPO) He did so after…

  • Shipwrecked one hundred and eighty!

    Shipwrecked one hundred and eighty!

    3rd April 2019

    The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society is calling on the public and seafaring community to submit the personal memories, stories and historical recollections, in the form of images, poems or prose, that best represent what the maritime and seafaring community means to…

  • Memories of Reg Matthews – by Trevor Bartlett

    Memories of Reg Matthews – by Trevor Bartlett

    7th February 2019

    There have been a few people who have helped me along the way during my career within the fishing industry, but none more so than Reg Matthews, who sadly passed away on 22 January, 2019, aged 87. Reg Matthews was…

  • Hull trawler memories

    Hull trawler memories

    26th July 2017

    Sailing smacks and box fleets in the late 1800s. Hull trawlerman William Oliver reminisces. Above: Socrates is a typical steam trawler that fished from Hull in the early 1900s. (Photo: Dr Alec Gill) My first recollections of Hull Fish Dock were…

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

    Where are they now? Fishing vessels from years gone by

    1st June 2017

    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…