The North East Film Archive has this is fabulous film survey of Whitby’s herring fishing and curing industry made by Edward Roberts in the early 1950s.
We dropped into the Fishing and Heritage Museum at Folkestone at the weekend – it’s crammed with interesting objects such as boat models – but the best things the little museum has is a fine set of old photographs, and helpful volunteers ready to answer questions.
I was intrigued that so many models of fishing vessels were of boats that had been built in Cornwall. The answer, it turns out, is that Folkestone’s boats used to be beach boats launched off the beach and designed to land and be hauled up at the end of a trip – like many of those elsewhere along the South Coast. However, once the harbour was built in the early 19th Century a different type of boat was needed. Such vessels were not built locally and so Cornish boats were brought in.
Here are some favourites… Some brave lifeboatmen and fishermen, a grand old boy with his melodeon and dog, some models and a priceless bit of local weather lore.
Fishing and fishermen at Cromer in a TV programme from 1978 – including footage of how they handle their beach boats up there…
My thanks to Katie Howson of the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust for spotting this.