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TITLE
Herring Boats
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_0950237000_P002
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS
DATE OF IMAGE
1989
CREATOR
Johan Sutherland
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
30734
KEYWORDS
boats
fishing
fishing industry
transport
sails
zoomable
fishinged

This page illustrates fishing boats used at various times in Easter Ross. The original herring boats were half decked and had bunks out in the open. They were locally made but sailed far beyond the local area. The herring season began in May in Shetland and moved down the coast as far as Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight by the autumn. Men would sometimes sail to the Outer Hebrides or Ireland in these boats.

A 'skaffie' (or scaffie) was a clinker built boat common in the Moray Firth until the 1880s when the newly developed 'Zulu' boats took over. The Zulu boats were 30-50ft long and were very manoeuvrable. A 'yawl' was 15-17ft long. It had oak ribs and larch planking and was clinker built. 'Clinker-built' means that the external planks overlap.

These illustrations were taken from 'Down to the Sea' by Jessie MacDonald and Anne Gordon, illustrated by Johan Sutherland. The book was published in Dingwall by the Ross and Cromarty Heritage Society in 1989

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Herring Boats

ROSS

boats; fishing; fishing industry; transport; sails; zoomable; fishinged

Highland Libraries

This page illustrates fishing boats used at various times in Easter Ross. The original herring boats were half decked and had bunks out in the open. They were locally made but sailed far beyond the local area. The herring season began in May in Shetland and moved down the coast as far as Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight by the autumn. Men would sometimes sail to the Outer Hebrides or Ireland in these boats.<br /> <br /> A 'skaffie' (or scaffie) was a clinker built boat common in the Moray Firth until the 1880s when the newly developed 'Zulu' boats took over. The Zulu boats were 30-50ft long and were very manoeuvrable. A 'yawl' was 15-17ft long. It had oak ribs and larch planking and was clinker built. 'Clinker-built' means that the external planks overlap.<br /> <br /> These illustrations were taken from 'Down to the Sea' by Jessie MacDonald and Anne Gordon, illustrated by Johan Sutherland. The book was published in Dingwall by the Ross and Cromarty Heritage Society in 1989