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TITLE
The Herring Fleet at Ullapool Pier
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_3874
PLACENAME
Ullapool
DISTRICT
Lochbroom
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochbroom
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
35712
KEYWORDS
World War II
The Herring Fleet at Ullapool Pier

A postcard of the pier at Ullapool and the herring fleet at work on Lochbroom.

Ullapool was laid out in 1788 by the British Fisheries Society with the aim of exploiting the herring fishing in the area. Over the next 150 years or so, Ullapool's fortunes rose and fell with the availability of herring in the waters around Loch Broom. Following World War II, new bigger boats and improved catching techniques led to an upswing in the fishing at Ullapool, but when stocks became depleted the industry again fell into decline.

In the 1970s, the increasing popularity of mackerel led to large number of factory ships from Eastern Europe anchoring in Loch Broom. These 'klondykers' would often remain for six months at a time, and crews from the Eastern Bloc would come ashore to purchase goods not available in their home countries.

Today, a small fleet of fishing boats from Ullapool catch mainly prawns, scallops and crabs, while the car ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway on Lewis and improved road links to Inverness make Ullapool a popular tourist destination.

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The Herring Fleet at Ullapool Pier

ROSS: Lochbroom

World War II;

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

A postcard of the pier at Ullapool and the herring fleet at work on Lochbroom.<br /> <br /> Ullapool was laid out in 1788 by the British Fisheries Society with the aim of exploiting the herring fishing in the area. Over the next 150 years or so, Ullapool's fortunes rose and fell with the availability of herring in the waters around Loch Broom. Following World War II, new bigger boats and improved catching techniques led to an upswing in the fishing at Ullapool, but when stocks became depleted the industry again fell into decline.<br /> <br /> In the 1970s, the increasing popularity of mackerel led to large number of factory ships from Eastern Europe anchoring in Loch Broom. These 'klondykers' would often remain for six months at a time, and crews from the Eastern Bloc would come ashore to purchase goods not available in their home countries.<br /> <br /> Today, a small fleet of fishing boats from Ullapool catch mainly prawns, scallops and crabs, while the car ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway on Lewis and improved road links to Inverness make Ullapool a popular tourist destination.