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West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - Portree Station Record, 1957
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HCD_DAVIDBANKS_095
DATE OF IMAGE
1957
PERIOD
1950s
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Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
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1371
KEYWORDS
fishing industry
commercial fishing
salmon fishing
trout fishing
net fishing
West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - Portree Station Record, 1957

This document from the West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd, based in Portree, Isle of Skye, shows the record of fish caught for the 1957 season at the Portree fishing station. The actual fishing season operated from May to August while some workers were employed outside these months to look after the equipment, nets and boats.

The document shows the number of salmon, grilse (the salmon returning to fresh water after a single winter at sea) and trout caught. This station usually had five different nets but for several years, including 1957, there were seven. Sometimes the nets would be designated by the name of a nearby landmark - Prince Charlie's Cave, Rhu Beag, Sheep Fank and Camus Ban.

There is a mistake in the addition of this record with 100 fewer fish caught for the month of July than what is recorded. But with the correct overall total of 1,631 it was still the best year the company had while running this station. From the records available, 1957 figures show the highest catch, and 1947 the lowest.


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. - Portree Station Record, 1957

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 document from the West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd, based in Portree, Isle of Skye, shows the record of fish caught for the 1957 season at the Portree fishing station. The actual fishing season operated from May to August while some workers were employed outside these months to look after the equipment, nets and boats. <br /> <br /> The document shows the number of salmon, grilse (the salmon returning to fresh water after a single winter at sea) and trout caught. This station usually had five different nets but for several years, including 1957, there were seven. Sometimes the nets would be designated by the name of a nearby landmark - Prince Charlie's Cave, Rhu Beag, Sheep Fank and Camus Ban. <br /> <br /> There is a mistake in the addition of this record with 100 fewer fish caught for the month of July than what is recorded. But with the correct overall total of 1,631 it was still the best year the company had while running this station. From the records available, 1957 figures show the highest catch, and 1947 the lowest.<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>