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TITLE
West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - dispute with Edward Walker & Sons, 1953
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_DAVIDBANKS_077
DATE OF IMAGE
3 August 1953
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
1308
KEYWORDS
fishing industry
commercial fishing
salmon fishing
trout fishing
net fishing
West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - dispute with Edward Walker & Sons, 1953

During the fishing season, the West Highland Salmon Fisheries would ship salmon, grilse and trout to customers all over the country. When sending larger quantities, the boxes would go by steamer to Kyle of Lochalsh or Mallaig then on the goods trains to Inverness, Glasgow and points beyond while smaller fish were often parcelled up and sent through the post. With so many orders being sent out, some errors and losses were inevitably made.

This letter was sent by Edward Walker & Sons, fish merchants in Edinburgh. There was a discrepancy in the total number of fish sent from Skye to the merchants and an error in the recorded weight of the fish. Walkers also returned the ticket which had been sent with the fish. It appears that when packaging the fish on Skye, an incorrect weight and number of fish was noted. This had resulted in Walkers overpaying West Highland Fisheries. Walker, wanting to keep good relations with the supplier, offered to meet the loss. In their final sentence they refer to yet another case, 'the missing one,' which shows that it was not an uncommon problem for goods to go missing in transit.


West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd
In 1944 James Banks & Sons, Perth bought the sea salmon fishing lease for the Kilmuir Estates, Skye from A Powrie & Co, and formed the West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd to operate the lease. The company continued until 1962 when it was sold to Kenneth Matheson, Portree.

When Banks and Sons took over the lease there were fishing stations at Lealt, Rigg (Borreraig), Staffin, Portree, Camustianavaig, Balmeanach and Brochel Castle (on Raasay). In 1956, Balmeanach and Camustianavaig merged to become the Braes station, with three men employed, while the others usually had four-man crews. The company employed about 28 men each year with jobs being offered to the same men each season before new workers were hired.

The season began late April/early May and ran through to the end of August. Several men were also employed during the winter months to take ice down from the dam at Sluggans for storage at the ice house at Portree harbour. Each crew member would receive a contract with information on wages, proposed bonus scheme and work hours and were provided with oilskins and rubber boots.

The catch was divided into salmon, grilse and trout, with grilse numbers being the highest. The total annual catch was approximately 3000 fish in the late 1940s and early 1950s. A record high of nearly 10,000 fish were caught in 1957.


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West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - dispute with Edward Walker & Sons, 1953

1950s

fishing industry; commercial fishing; salmon fishing; trout fishing; net fishing

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

David Banks: West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd (documents)

During the fishing season, the West Highland Salmon Fisheries would ship salmon, grilse and trout to customers all over the country. When sending larger quantities, the boxes would go by steamer to Kyle of Lochalsh or Mallaig then on the goods trains to Inverness, Glasgow and points beyond while smaller fish were often parcelled up and sent through the post. With so many orders being sent out, some errors and losses were inevitably made.<br /> <br /> This letter was sent by Edward Walker & Sons, fish merchants in Edinburgh. There was a discrepancy in the total number of fish sent from Skye to the merchants and an error in the recorded weight of the fish. Walkers also returned the ticket which had been sent with the fish. It appears that when packaging the fish on Skye, an incorrect weight and number of fish was noted. This had resulted in Walkers overpaying West Highland Fisheries. Walker, wanting to keep good relations with the supplier, offered to meet the loss. In their final sentence they refer to yet another case, 'the missing one,' which shows that it was not an uncommon problem for goods to go missing in transit.<br /> <br /> <br /> <b>West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd</b><br /> In 1944 James Banks & Sons, Perth bought the sea salmon fishing lease for the Kilmuir Estates, Skye from A Powrie & Co, and formed the West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd to operate the lease. The company continued until 1962 when it was sold to Kenneth Matheson, Portree. <br /> <br /> When Banks and Sons took over the lease there were fishing stations at Lealt, Rigg (Borreraig), Staffin, Portree, Camustianavaig, Balmeanach and Brochel Castle (on Raasay). In 1956, Balmeanach and Camustianavaig merged to become the Braes station, with three men employed, while the others usually had four-man crews. The company employed about 28 men each year with jobs being offered to the same men each season before new workers were hired. <br /> <br /> The season began late April/early May and ran through to the end of August. Several men were also employed during the winter months to take ice down from the dam at Sluggans for storage at the ice house at Portree harbour. Each crew member would receive a contract with information on wages, proposed bonus scheme and work hours and were provided with oilskins and rubber boots. <br /> <br /> The catch was divided into salmon, grilse and trout, with grilse numbers being the highest. The total annual catch was approximately 3000 fish in the late 1940s and early 1950s. A record high of nearly 10,000 fish were caught in 1957. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com ">Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>