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The end of the haaf fishery; fishermen's superstitions.

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Title - The end of the haaf fishery; fishermen's superstitions.
Contributors - Alec Laurenson
Reporters - Alan J. Bruford

Summary - The end of the haaf fishery; fishermen's superstitions.

Line fishing started to decline around 1876 when boats got bigger and replaced the traditional sixareen [six-oared boat], and fish curers from the south provided competition among the buyers. Shetland was the premier fishing area of Britain before the First World War but it declined and never recovered after the Second World War.

The contributor discusses fishermen's superstitions such as turning the boat with the sun [clockwise] and the use of sea names for things and animals. It was unlucky to meet certain people who were a "bad fit [foot]". Lucky ones were a "good fit".


Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:06:43
Date Recorded - 1970.09.26
Language - English, Scots
Genre - Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 84497
Original Tape ID - SA1970.250
Original Track ID - SA1970.250
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R



Item Location:
  County - Shetland
  Parish - Nesting
  Island - Shetland Mainland

Item Notes -

Permanent Link - http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/84497/1




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