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TITLE
Working as a herring gutter in Caithness (3)
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CAITHNESS_CROFTING_44
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
Mrs Farmer
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
41342
KEYWORDS
audios
fishing industry
fishing
fishing boats
fishing nets
fishermen
fish

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Mrs Farmer worked as a herring gutter in the years between the First and Second World Wars when Wick played host to a large herring fleet every summer.

In this audio extract she recalls how they smoked the fish. She also remembers the work of the coopers.

(full transcription to follow soon)

The gutters - all women - gutted the fresh catch and packed it to make barrels of salted herring, a major export, much of it to the Soviet Union. Some herring were smoked to make kippers.

Each year the gutters followed the herring boats as they moved down the coast after the fish, starting in the north in the summer and ending at Yarmouth and Lowestoft at the end of the year.

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Working as a herring gutter in Caithness (3)

CAITHNESS

1980s

audios; fishing industry; fishing; fishing boats; fishing nets; fishermen; fish

Highland Libraries

Caithness Recordings: Fishing

Mrs Farmer worked as a herring gutter in the years between the First and Second World Wars when Wick played host to a large herring fleet every summer. <br /> <br /> In this audio extract she recalls how they smoked the fish. She also remembers the work of the coopers.<br /> <br /> (full transcription to follow soon)<br /> <br /> The gutters - all women - gutted the fresh catch and packed it to make barrels of salted herring, a major export, much of it to the Soviet Union. Some herring were smoked to make kippers.<br /> <br /> Each year the gutters followed the herring boats as they moved down the coast after the fish, starting in the north in the summer and ending at Yarmouth and Lowestoft at the end of the year.