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The North Herring Fishing

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Angus Martin




This is the oral history of forays to the Minches by fishermen of Ayrshire and Kintyre - to what they called the "north". It is presented through the men's memories and traditions as recorded and edited by historian Angus Martin. As such it contains intimate details of the skills, courage and humour of these sea-going hunters, rather than detailed descriptions of the techniques involved. However, the book does explore "appearances" or the fishermen's uncanny ability to interpret natural phenomena and to see, smell, hear and feel the very presence of the herring beneath the sea. This book offers a record of the working lives of 20th century fishermen.

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