Freshening Breezes

Freshening Breezes : Fishing Boats of Cleveland and North Yorkshire

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With dramatically diverse terrain and spectacular scenery, the Cleveland and North Yorkshire area has long had a strong fishing industry, and marine employment and pastimes remain common in the locality. All across this coastline, many places have supported small-scale artisanal fisheries and over time boats have evolved to cope with a variety of fishing techniques and local environment conditions, as well as changing economic circumstances. This book tells the story of the fisherfolk, boats and builders along the storm-lashed stretch of north-east England between the rivers Tees and Esk in the mid to late twentieth century.

Based on her original fieldwork, and including more than 170 stunning photographs, all taken by the author herself, as well as interviews with fishermen and boat builders, Gloria Wilson describes how these knowledgeable people maintained traditional values and yet were ready to try something new. From curiously shaped square-sterned cobles, via little 'double enders', right through so the stout, steel trawlers built locally in Whitby by one of Britain's foremost boatbuilding yards, Parkol Marine Engineering, all manner of boats are explored and pictured here. Whether for the beautiful photography or the fascinating information, this is a book no local or fishing enthusiast can do without.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 12mm | 339.99g
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 Plates, color
  • 0752480413
  • 9780752480411
  • 1,576,633

About Gloria Wilson

Gloria Wilson has had a lifelong involvement with the sea and with fishing boats. Growing up in the Yorkshire fishing village of Staithes, she was Scotland correspondent for "Fishing News" from 1969-1982 and has written a number of books and articles on fishing craft, including "Kindly Folk and Bonny Boats," "Steadfast Boats and Fisher People," and "An Eye on the Coast." Her research has been carried out in fishing ports and boat-building yards, during trips to sea with fishing vessels, and during long conversations with people in all sectors of the industry.
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