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TITLE
Fishing Boats at Portree harbour
EXTERNAL ID
SLD_182_017
PLACENAME
Portree
DISTRICT
Skye
PERIOD
1960s
CREATOR
Olivia James
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
39462
KEYWORDS
harbours
quays
fishing boats
village
Fishing Boats at Portree harbour

Fishing boats lie at anchor close to the quay at Portree, on the Isle of Skye.

Portree expanded from the harbour area. Until the late 1950s, daily steamers arrived carrying passengers, cargo and mail. However, as roads were gradually upgraded throughout the island, the pier became less important. The commercial fishing industry has also reduced considerably since then. Because of its sheltered position however, the harbour provides a good anchorage for yachts and pleasure crafts and is busy in the summer months.




Olivia James
The images in this collection are a selection from a set of high quality Agfachrome slides taken by Olivia James. Mrs James, a semi-professional photographer, took the photographs on visits to Skye between 1968 and 1989, using a Pentax S1A camera and CT 18 film. They record a variety of locations, people and activities which have now changed or indeed disappeared, and provide one person's view of the island through the camera lens. Born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire on 26th April 1932, Olive Grace James (née Purcell) moved to England in 1944, trained as a teacher and married Richard James in 1956. Her husband's forbears were from Skye and they began visiting on a regular basis in 1968. In addition to the slides, Mrs James has written an evocative account of her memories of places, events and people on Skye which she named 'Skye Magic', a copy of which is held at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.
'Skye Magic' has been incorporated into her privately printed autobiography 'Neivie, Neivie, Nick, Nack' which she has kindly donated to various institutions including the Clan Donald Library on Skye, the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and the Weaver's Cottage, Kilbarchan.


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Fishing Boats at Portree harbour

1960s

harbours; quays; fishing boats; village

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Olivia James Collection

Fishing boats lie at anchor close to the quay at Portree, on the Isle of Skye. <br /> <br /> Portree expanded from the harbour area. Until the late 1950s, daily steamers arrived carrying passengers, cargo and mail. However, as roads were gradually upgraded throughout the island, the pier became less important. The commercial fishing industry has also reduced considerably since then. Because of its sheltered position however, the harbour provides a good anchorage for yachts and pleasure crafts and is busy in the summer months.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <b>Olivia James</b><br /> The images in this collection are a selection from a set of high quality Agfachrome slides taken by Olivia James. Mrs James, a semi-professional photographer, took the photographs on visits to Skye between 1968 and 1989, using a Pentax S1A camera and CT 18 film. They record a variety of locations, people and activities which have now changed or indeed disappeared, and provide one person's view of the island through the camera lens. Born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire on 26th April 1932, Olive Grace James (née Purcell) moved to England in 1944, trained as a teacher and married Richard James in 1956. Her husband's forbears were from Skye and they began visiting on a regular basis in 1968. In addition to the slides, Mrs James has written an evocative account of her memories of places, events and people on Skye which she named 'Skye Magic', a copy of which is held at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.<br /> 'Skye Magic' has been incorporated into her privately printed autobiography 'Neivie, Neivie, Nick, Nack' which she has kindly donated to various institutions including the Clan Donald Library on Skye, the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and the Weaver's Cottage, Kilbarchan. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com ">Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>