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TITLE
Creels in Fisher Close, Cromarty
EXTERNAL ID
PC_CAMPBELLROSS_40
PLACENAME
Cromarty
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Cromarty
DATE OF IMAGE
c.1910
PERIOD
1910s
CREATOR
Willie John Smith
SOURCE
Campbell Ross
ASSET ID
22073
KEYWORDS
fishing communities
Creels in Fisher Close, Cromarty

Two men and a woman stand outside houses in the Fisher Close (Big Vennel), Cromarty. Beside them are scoos (creels), burden scoos (creels used by women to carry fish on their backs), barrels and tubs. The woman, wearing a shawl, is barefoot. The man in the foreground has a peaked cap and a double-breasted, sleeved waistcoat.

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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Creels in Fisher Close, Cromarty

ROSS: Cromarty

1910s

fishing communities

Campbell Ross

Willie John Smith Archive

Two men and a woman stand outside houses in the Fisher Close (Big Vennel), Cromarty. Beside them are scoos (creels), burden scoos (creels used by women to carry fish on their backs), barrels and tubs. The woman, wearing a shawl, is barefoot. The man in the foreground has a peaked cap and a double-breasted, sleeved waistcoat.<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.