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By Sea, Land and Air: Scottish Fishing Communities and World War II

8 May 2020 - 31 December 2020

 -  by Linda Fitzpatrick Exhibitions

By Sea, Land and Air: Scottish Fishing Communities and World War II
By Sea, Land and Air: Scottish Fishing Communities and World War II

Open online

During the Second World War, fishermen were, in many senses, on the Front Line of Britain’s war effort. In the Naval Reserve, they took part in minesweeping, patrolling, convoy protection, setting anti-submarine nets and all manner of duties to defend Britain’s coasts against attack, while others joined the Army, Royal Navy or RAF. This online exhibition By Sea, Land and Air: Scottish Fishing Communities and World War II takes a close look at the role played by Scotland’s fishing communities during the War and explores the experiences of fishermen, women and children on active service, at sea, and on the Home Front.

Using a combination of photographs, personal accounts and objects, this exhibition explores six key themes:

  • Fishing Boats at War
  • The Fishing Industry
  • The Home Front
  • Rationing
  • War in the Air
  • Victory and its Aftermath

You will find information, objects on virtual display and links - please have a look around and enjoy this online exhibition.

To learn more about some of the key events during World War II before exploring the virtual displays, please click here: Some Key Events During the War

Fishing Boats at War

Panel 2 boats at War
  • Lamp   caption
  • Photograph of John and William Coull Deas of Cellardyke on war service in the Royal Naval Reserve: SFM 180

  • Kit bag issued to Coull Deas while on service with the Royal Naval Reserve: Kit Bag

  • Supplementary material: The Fishermen are Saving Lives

The Fishing Industry

Panel 3 fishing industry

The Home Front

Panel 4 the home front

Rationing

Panel 5 rationing

War in the Air

Panel 6 war in the air

Victory and its Aftermath

Panel 7 victory and its aftermarh

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