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West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - Receipt for fish sold by H Barber & Son, 1950
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_DAVIDBANKS_084
DATE OF IMAGE
17 July 1950
PERIOD
1950s
CREATOR
H Barber, Billingsgate
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
1335
KEYWORDS
fishing industry
commercial fishing
salmon fishing
trout fishing
net fishing
West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - Receipt for fish sold by H Barber & Son, 1950

This record shows details of fish sent by West Highland Fisheries Ltd in Portree to H Barber & Son Ltd, wholesale merchants in Billingsgate. It includes the number of fish as well as their weight and value. The receipt also notes the charges pertaining to this shipment. These include shipping costs, telegrams, which would have been sent to Portree confirming receipt of the box of fish, market expenses and commission. These charges amount to almost 10% of the value of the fish.

Several years later, in 1953, records show West Highland Salmon Fisheries in dispute with Barber & Son regarding the weight of a shipment of fish. Both parties were confident that they had the correct weight noted. Finally, after correspondence back and forth, an agreement was reached to split the difference in the value of the shipment. Although Banks wrote that his company had 'lost confidence' in dealing with Barber, the agreement would have allowed them to continue their working relationship.


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. - Receipt for fish sold by H Barber & Son, 1950

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)

This record shows details of fish sent by West Highland Fisheries Ltd in Portree to H Barber & Son Ltd, wholesale merchants in Billingsgate. It includes the number of fish as well as their weight and value. The receipt also notes the charges pertaining to this shipment. These include shipping costs, telegrams, which would have been sent to Portree confirming receipt of the box of fish, market expenses and commission. These charges amount to almost 10% of the value of the fish.<br /> <br /> Several years later, in 1953, records show West Highland Salmon Fisheries in dispute with Barber & Son regarding the weight of a shipment of fish. Both parties were confident that they had the correct weight noted. Finally, after correspondence back and forth, an agreement was reached to split the difference in the value of the shipment. Although Banks wrote that his company had 'lost confidence' in dealing with Barber, the agreement would have allowed them to continue their working relationship.<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>