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TITLE
West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - record of fish caught, May/June 1960
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_DAVIDBANKS_098
DATE OF IMAGE
June 1960
PERIOD
1960s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
1383
KEYWORDS
fishing industry
commercial fishing
salmon fishing
trout fishing
net fishing
West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co. - record of fish caught, May/June 1960

This document records the number of fish caught at each of the six sea salmon fishing stations operated from Portree by James Banks for the four weeks ending 28 May 1960 and the four weeks ending 25 June 1960. It gives a breakdown of salmon, grilse and trout for each of the stations. As well as keeping these records, Banks always made notes on the side regarding the weather conditions.

As seems to be the case now, May proved to be a month of good weather. Banks notes 'Beautiful month on the whole'. There were occasional periods of rain and winds, but for the best part of the month the weather was favourable with 'long periods of sunshine'. He does mention the strong winds of Force 6 which 'made it difficult to get on our moorings'.

The next four weeks saw slightly increased catches and the continuation of the good weather. 'Lovely four weeks' is Banks' first comment though he goes on to mention heavy rain for a couple of days and high winds. He also notes that 'David and Dan here while I was in Perth'. David was Banks' son and he spent most summers on Skye working with his father.


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, May/June 1960

1960s

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 records the number of fish caught at each of the six sea salmon fishing stations operated from Portree by James Banks for the four weeks ending 28 May 1960 and the four weeks ending 25 June 1960. It gives a breakdown of salmon, grilse and trout for each of the stations. As well as keeping these records, Banks always made notes on the side regarding the weather conditions. <br /> <br /> As seems to be the case now, May proved to be a month of good weather. Banks notes 'Beautiful month on the whole'. There were occasional periods of rain and winds, but for the best part of the month the weather was favourable with 'long periods of sunshine'. He does mention the strong winds of Force 6 which 'made it difficult to get on our moorings'.<br /> <br /> The next four weeks saw slightly increased catches and the continuation of the good weather. 'Lovely four weeks' is Banks' first comment though he goes on to mention heavy rain for a couple of days and high winds. He also notes that 'David and Dan here while I was in Perth'. David was Banks' son and he spent most summers on Skye working with his father.<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>