Joe Wilson fisherman speaks about the Herring fishwives Audio post

Gutting herring

The heritage of Scottish fishing

Joe Wilson was a fisherman all his life. He lived in Portknockie and his ancestors did the same. In 1996 I interviewed him and recorded over four hours of his and his ancestors fishing experiences. He also had an extensive photo album which captured many unique photos of the developments and evolution of the fishing industry in the North East of Scotland,from the Zulu sailing fishing boat through to the factory ships.

Herring quines work.

This clip features us speaking about the herring industry and in particular the Herring Quines that followed the shoals of herring from the northern Isles right down to Yarmouth.
He tells of the scale of the work that required four train loads of herring Quines to service the requirements of that industry in its hay day.
The quines had to work long hours in cold miserable weather standing at the farlings in the open air. Most of the herring were salted and exported to the Baltic area. The herring season was one of the most industrious sectors of the fishing industry.

Joe’s story of this part of our Scottish heritage is captivating and he tells the story in his own canny way.
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