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We know we are getting further away but couldn’t resist this photo of the herring boats leaving Whitby late at night. Jim Hebden tells us: ”The photo of the herring fleet was taken on an evening in the 1950s and the boats going out were ring netters, thay work in pairs and shoot their nets around the school of herring in a ring, so surounding the herring. When this photograph was taken I would still been of school age; when I left school I became a fisherman and in the summer months we went herring fishing.”

Image from a disc compiled by Derick Pearson and many thanks to Jim Hebden for such definite information.

5 comments to Whitby

  • Derick Pearson

    I doubt whether you would have been to this event. I was informed when I collected the photo many years ago that it was the Herring / Fishing fleet leaving Whitby early in the morning around the turn of the century c1900.This would of course need confirmation.

  • Russ Pigott

    It must be a bit later than 1900 as the picture shows the breakwaters which were added to the existing piers about 1914. Also ,though in no expert on boats. Are they not diesel boats as there are no sails or funnels fo steam boilers?

  • David Richardson

    The photo looks very 1950’s to me.

  • jim hebden

    The photo of the herring fleet was taken on an evening in the 1950s and the boats going out were ring netters, thay work in pairs and shoot their nets around the school of herring in a ring, so surounding the herring. When this photograph was taken I would still been of school age; when I left school I became a fisherman and in the summer months we went herring fishing.

  • john white

    agree with jimmy on that 1950,s, I was a 14 year old who went off drifting for herring on the OCEAN VENTURE a few times

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