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Memories of Cromarty and its Fishing Boats (4 of 12)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_CROMARTY_FISHERS_JAMES_HOGG_04
PLACENAME
Cromarty
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Cromarty
PERIOD
1960s
CREATOR
James Hogg
SOURCE
James Hogg
ASSET ID
1155
KEYWORDS
herring fishing
villages
fishing industry
fishing
fishing boats
fishing nets
fishermen
fish

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In the 1960s, James Hogg, a former Cromarty fisherman, was interviewed about the fishing industry in the town. When he was a boy, there were around three hundred fishermen in Cromarty. James was the father of Bobby and Gordon Hogg, currently the last two speakers of the Cromarty fisherfolk dialect. In this audio extract he talks about fish curing.

Now Cromarty at one time was a very, very popular herring port, at one time. Yes. I don't remember the, I remember the last of the curing stations being here, down here, where they were. In fact, I remember five or six pumps being there, pumping the salt water, ye know for curing the herring, here, down here. An then the curing station went away here so the lads went into boat building, see, an the last boat builder that I knew down there was John Watson, or Captain John Watson, ye called him. Well that was the last o it, o the fishing.

Interviewer: Where did they get the saltwater from?

Oh they, they sunk it doon, ye see. Ye know then the [?] there to doon aboot ten or twelve feet they got to salt water. Pump it. See? Coming right through. It's all sand, ye see

Interviewer: Through from the sea?

Aye, through the sea. Yes, an the fishing industry at that time there was, the harbour was choc-a-bloc with boats, yes. Oldest one that I knew, the boat there was what they call the 'Scarf', [?] name. An there was the 'Bonnie Bunch o Roses', there was the 'Helen Slater', there was the 'Honey Craib', there was the, the 'Threepenny', there was the 'Joseph', there was the 'Pilgrim', there was the 'Industry', there was the 'Hargot', there was the, there was the 'Annie-Jane', there was the 'Brilliance', there was the 'Coxifur', there were the 'Reids' an the 'Jessie Anne Reid'.

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Memories of Cromarty and its Fishing Boats (4 of 12)

ROSS: Cromarty

1960s

herring fishing; villages; fishing industry; fishing; fishing boats; fishing nets; fishermen; fish

James Hogg

Am Baile: Memories of Cromarty and its Fishing Boats

In the 1960s, James Hogg, a former Cromarty fisherman, was interviewed about the fishing industry in the town. When he was a boy, there were around three hundred fishermen in Cromarty. James was the father of Bobby and Gordon Hogg, currently the last two speakers of the Cromarty fisherfolk dialect. In this audio extract he talks about fish curing.<br /> <br /> Now Cromarty at one time was a very, very popular herring port, at one time. Yes. I don't remember the, I remember the last of the curing stations being here, down here, where they were. In fact, I remember five or six pumps being there, pumping the salt water, ye know for curing the herring, here, down here. An then the curing station went away here so the lads went into boat building, see, an the last boat builder that I knew down there was John Watson, or Captain John Watson, ye called him. Well that was the last o it, o the fishing. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Where did they get the saltwater from? <br /> <br /> Oh they, they sunk it doon, ye see. Ye know then the [?] there to doon aboot ten or twelve feet they got to salt water. Pump it. See? Coming right through. It's all sand, ye see<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Through from the sea?<br /> <br /> Aye, through the sea. Yes, an the fishing industry at that time there was, the harbour was choc-a-bloc with boats, yes. Oldest one that I knew, the boat there was what they call the 'Scarf', [?] name. An there was the 'Bonnie Bunch o Roses', there was the 'Helen Slater', there was the 'Honey Craib', there was the, the 'Threepenny', there was the 'Joseph', there was the 'Pilgrim', there was the 'Industry', there was the 'Hargot', there was the, there was the 'Annie-Jane', there was the 'Brilliance', there was the 'Coxifur', there were the 'Reids' an the 'Jessie Anne Reid'.