than 140 years of Scottish fishing history as told through the
fishermens own memories and traditions, concentrating on
the time when crews worked with oar and sail.
men knew and had names for every bay, inlet and rock in their
home area and amassed a huge collective knowledge of how and when
fisheries as Donegal and Dunmore East in Ireland, Isle of Man,
Firth of Forth and Whitby are also explored and the hardships
and dangers of both drift-net and ring-net fishing vividly recalled
in this timely tribute to a vanished way of life.
is a companion volume to Angus Martins earlier book The
North Herring Fishing, which is a history of forays northwards
to the Minches by these same fishermen.