Steadfast Boats and Fisher People

Steadfast Boats and Fisher People

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The introduction of the transom stern into the seiner-trawler fleet in the mid-twentieth century was one of the most radical departures in Scottish wooden fishing craft design since the development of the cruiser stern after the First World War. During the 1970s there also grew a colossal demand for steel boats, particularly among the herring trawling and purse seining fleets of north-east Scotland. By 1973 more than 15 British firms were building steel boats for Scottish owners. Based on her original fieldwork and using her own photographs, Gloria Wilson traces these developments and their links to economic and social trends in the fishing industry, both ashore and afloat. This fascinating book charts the tragedies and bizarre twists of fate that characterised this turbulent era, including the boats that were lost with all hands, and the boatyards forced to close, leaving half-built vessels on their slipways.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 164 x 232 x 10mm | 281.23g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752456083
  • 9780752456089
  • 1,106,219

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 "An Eye on the Coast" for The History Press in 2006. 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. She lives in Cleveland.show more