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TITLE
Repairing a boat at Cromarty
EXTERNAL ID
PC_CAMPBELLROSS_25
PLACENAME
Cromarty
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Cromarty
DATE OF IMAGE
c.1910
PERIOD
1910s
CREATOR
Willie John Smith
SOURCE
Campbell Ross
ASSET ID
22058
KEYWORDS
fishing communities
fishing boats
Repairing a boat at Cromarty

At Cromarty a group of fishermen and a boy watch while another man saws wood to repair a boat, which lies behind them upturned on the beach. To the left one man carried landing nets fixed to long poles. The older men wear peaked caps and double-breasted jackets or sleeved waistcoats, and some have thigh length leather sea boots. The younger men are wearing woolen jerseys and the young man on the left has short boots.

There was a fishing community at Cromarty at least as far back as the seventeenth century and possibly even earlier than that. The people were distinct from the rest of the town and had their own customs and dialect.

Fishing boats tended to be small and the men were able to fish close to home. The women prepared the bait and fixed it to the lines and hooks. They even carried the men out to the boats, so they would start the day with dry feet, and brought back the catch in baskets from the boats to the shore.

This is from of a series of photographs of Cromarty and its fishertown taken c.1910 by William John Smith. Smith was a resident of Cromarty and therefore familiar with his subjects. This made the pictures seem less stilted than many others of the same period.

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Repairing a boat at Cromarty

ROSS: Cromarty

1910s

fishing communities; fishing boats

Campbell Ross

Willie John Smith Archive

At Cromarty a group of fishermen and a boy watch while another man saws wood to repair a boat, which lies behind them upturned on the beach. To the left one man carried landing nets fixed to long poles. The older men wear peaked caps and double-breasted jackets or sleeved waistcoats, and some have thigh length leather sea boots. The younger men are wearing woolen jerseys and the young man on the left has short boots.<br /> <br /> There was a fishing community at Cromarty at least as far back as the seventeenth century and possibly even earlier than that. The people were distinct from the rest of the town and had their own customs and dialect.<br /> <br /> Fishing boats tended to be small and the men were able to fish close to home. The women prepared the bait and fixed it to the lines and hooks. They even carried the men out to the boats, so they would start the day with dry feet, and brought back the catch in baskets from the boats to the shore.<br /> <br /> This is from of a series of photographs of Cromarty and its fishertown taken c.1910 by William John Smith. Smith was a resident of Cromarty and therefore familiar with his subjects. This made the pictures seem less stilted than many others of the same period.