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TITLE
A group of fisher boys at Cromarty harbour
EXTERNAL ID
PC_CAMPBELLROSS_41
PLACENAME
Cromarty
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Cromarty
DATE OF IMAGE
c.1910
PERIOD
1910s
CREATOR
Willie John Smith
SOURCE
Campbell Ross
ASSET ID
22074
KEYWORDS
fishing communities
fishing boats
harbours
A group of fisher boys at Cromarty harbour

A group of fisher boys sit by Cromarty harbour. The harbour was important in the export of fish during the years, principally in the early nineteenth century, when Cromarty was a major herring curing station. Fishing boats used the shore in front of the fishertown, rather than the harbour, to land catches and the open space of the link to pull up and store boats.



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 group of fisher boys at Cromarty harbour

ROSS: Cromarty

1910s

fishing communities; fishing boats; harbours

Campbell Ross

Willie John Smith Archive

A group of fisher boys sit by Cromarty harbour. The harbour was important in the export of fish during the years, principally in the early nineteenth century, when Cromarty was a major herring curing station. Fishing boats used the shore in front of the fishertown, rather than the harbour, to land catches and the open space of the link to pull up and store boats.<br /><br /> <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 /> <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 /> <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.