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TITLE
Herring gutters at work, Ullapool
EXTERNAL ID
ULMPH_2000_0597
PLACENAME
Ullapool
DISTRICT
Lochbroom
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochbroom
SOURCE
Ullapool Museum
ASSET ID
40361
KEYWORDS
herring
fishing
British Fisheries Society
Ullapool
gutting
Herring gutters at work, Ullapool

This photograph shows herring gutters at work in Ullapool, Ross-shire. Ullapool began in 1788 as a planned village, designed by Thomas Telford for the British Fisheries Society to exploit the boom in the herring fishing industry. Every season boats and herring gutters would arrive from all over Scotland to catch and process the 'silver darlings', as the fish were sometimes known. The herring industry declined in the 1930s and the processing became more centralized on the east coast although boats continued to fish on the west coast.

'Herring Girls' would follow the herring fleet around the coast of Britain. The herring catches were unloaded into large wooden troughs called farlans. Most women could gut an average of 40 fish each minute but some were significantly faster. The packer would pack the fish in salt in barrels and the fish would be pickled in the liquid that formed.


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Herring gutters at work, Ullapool

ROSS: Lochbroom

herring; fishing; British Fisheries Society; Ullapool; gutting

Ullapool Museum

Ullapool Museum Photographic Collection

This photograph shows herring gutters at work in Ullapool, Ross-shire. Ullapool began in 1788 as a planned village, designed by Thomas Telford for the British Fisheries Society to exploit the boom in the herring fishing industry. Every season boats and herring gutters would arrive from all over Scotland to catch and process the 'silver darlings', as the fish were sometimes known. The herring industry declined in the 1930s and the processing became more centralized on the east coast although boats continued to fish on the west coast.<br /> <br /> 'Herring Girls' would follow the herring fleet around the coast of Britain. The herring catches were unloaded into large wooden troughs called farlans. Most women could gut an average of 40 fish each minute but some were significantly faster. The packer would pack the fish in salt in barrels and the fish would be pickled in the liquid that formed. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email <a href="mailto: curator@ullapoolmuseum.co.uk">Ullapool Museum</a><br />