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TITLE
West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - record of fish caught, June 1958
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_DAVIDBANKS_096
DATE OF IMAGE
June 1958
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
1376
KEYWORDS
fishing industry
commercial fishing
salmon fishing
trout fishing
net fishing
West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - record of fish caught, June 1958

This handwritten document is a record of fish caught during the six weeks prior to 7 June 1958 and the three weeks to 28 June 1958. It shows the number of salmon, grilse and trout netted at each of the six sea salmon fishing stations run by the West Highland Salmon Fisheries. James Banks, the owner of the fisheries, has added some notes in pencil down the side. He notes that in May 1958 there were 'severe gales all through with heavy rain & floods. Very cold, a lot of snow and hail' and the final comment, a reference to the low total of fish caught, 'salmon scattered'.

The next month showed a turn for the better: 'Beautiful month with lots of sunshine and easterly winds. Rather cold at times'. Despite the total of 460 fish caught for the three week period, he notes 'no fish about'. This trend did not continue as 1958 proved to be one of the best years for the number of fish caught. The total recorded for the year was 7,696 fish with sales value of £13,970.0.0


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. - record of fish caught, June 1958

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 handwritten document is a record of fish caught during the six weeks prior to 7 June 1958 and the three weeks to 28 June 1958. It shows the number of salmon, grilse and trout netted at each of the six sea salmon fishing stations run by the West Highland Salmon Fisheries. James Banks, the owner of the fisheries, has added some notes in pencil down the side. He notes that in May 1958 there were 'severe gales all through with heavy rain & floods. Very cold, a lot of snow and hail' and the final comment, a reference to the low total of fish caught, 'salmon scattered'.<br /> <br /> The next month showed a turn for the better: 'Beautiful month with lots of sunshine and easterly winds. Rather cold at times'. Despite the total of 460 fish caught for the three week period, he notes 'no fish about'. This trend did not continue as 1958 proved to be one of the best years for the number of fish caught. The total recorded for the year was 7,696 fish with sales value of £13,970.0.0<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>