Film: 3456

Shipping | 1920 | Silent | B/W


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The fishing industry 1920's

White washed buildings in a fishing village. Men carry a bundle of possessions as they walk down to the harbour. Sea smashing onto rocks. Seagulls. Log line and gauge tells the miles. Shovelling coal into the boats furnance. View of sea. Shoal of herring. Nets pulled out of the hold of the boat and over a rotating pole. A sailor inflates a large white float or buoy by breathing into it. Skipper looks through binoculars to spot a shoal at sea. In the galley, an older sailor is teaching a young boy how to make bread for the crew. Log line. Boom comes across. Herring. 40 miles marked by the log line. Dark patches indicate a shoal of fish beneath the surface of the sea. A sailor dissappears down a hatch on the deck. Men on deck throw the net overboard. Buoys or floats thrown overboard. The net is two miles long and it takes until evening to cast it. Extra float at the end of the line. Gulls in the air and on the sea. Mizzen sail set for the night. Crew go below and eat bread and butter and drink tea. The net drifts through the night. Dogfish and conger eels in the water. One man keeps watch on board, the rest of the crew sleep. In the morning the sea has a heavy swell. Crew are woken up and they put on waterproof clothing and a hat. A winch winds in the rope, but the net has to be hauled in by hand. Fish in net. Hauling in net. Sailors shake net and fish fall out onto the deck. The weather gets worse. The winch helps bring the net in. More steam for the winch. 8 hours hauling and the net is on board. 150 Crans, 1000 herring per cran. Fish fall into the hold of the boat.

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