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People working on the pier, processing the herring

In this gallery we see the work of fisher-people at the market: a glimpse into a sail-loft where a man sits repairing his sails; into a fish-merchant’s office in the 1920s; and a lively scene of herring-lassies gutting and packing the catch. A cooper stands nearby with his barrels and staves, and we see one of the lodging huts where the women lived. A board advertises the Fishermen’s Mission, where men and women could come and read or knit or rest after their gruelling work on the quayside, and free dressings were provided for hands, chapped and sore from working in brine. It is reckoned that for every job offshore there were ten related jobs on land.

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