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TITLE
A fishing boat returning to shore at Cromarty
EXTERNAL ID
PC_CAMPBELLROSS_33
PLACENAME
Cromarty
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Cromarty
DATE OF IMAGE
c.1910
PERIOD
1910s
CREATOR
Willie John Smith
SOURCE
Campbell Ross
ASSET ID
22066
KEYWORDS
fishing communities
fishing boats
A fishing boat returning to shore at Cromarty

At Cromarty, two fisher women have tucked up their skirts and waded out to carry the scoos (creels) from a boat which has returned to the shore. Women commonly carried both scoos and their men to the boats, allowing the men spend their time at sea in dry 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 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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A fishing boat returning to shore at Cromarty

ROSS: Cromarty

1910s

fishing communities; fishing boats

Campbell Ross

Willie John Smith Archive

At Cromarty, two fisher women have tucked up their skirts and waded out to carry the scoos (creels) from a boat which has returned to the shore. Women commonly carried both scoos and their men to the boats, allowing the men spend their time at sea in dry 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 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.