Presentation on theme: "In early 2009, James Morley acquired a box of magic lantern slides at a house sale in London. These turned out to be a collection of hand tinted images."— Presentation transcript:
They were an early form of intensive mechanised fishing Four fleets worked out of Hull around the time these images were taken. Fleets of trawlers that worked together far out in the North Sea. Serviced by steam cutters which ran their catches into Billingsgate
The Boxing Fleets had their origins in the sail trawling era This image from the 1880s is taken from Nor’ard of the Dogger by E.J. Mather (London, 1889).
Sailing trawlermen had become accustomed to keeping the sea in all manner of weather
The fleets were permanently at sea As one vessel ran low on fuel and provisions another would be voyaging out to join the fleet. In this way the fleets retained a permanent presence on the grounds.
Called boxing fleets because the catch was stowed in boxes
No of Voyages Days at Sea Days in Port Av. Length of Voyage 1907 8 317 48 39 days 1908 8 321 45 40 days 1909 9 329 36 36.5 days Vessels were worked hard Analysis of the Running Logs of the Steam Trawler Viola 1907 - 1909
Crews also worked hard John Hill age 46: Mate on Boxing Fleet Trawlers 1 st August 1904 to 10 th January 1905 4 voyages 140 days at sea 21 days at home Source: Steam Trawler Running Logs John Hill is Robb Robinson’s great grandfather
Each boxing fleet consisted of up to fifty trawlers that more or less worked together under the guidance of an experienced skipper – the admiral
Skipper John Glanville. Boxing Fleet Admiral 1923 290 days at sea 75 days ashore 1924 312 days at sea 54 days ashore Source: Skipper John Glanville’s Fishing Log Book
One of the best known and most experience Boxing Fleet Admirals was Admiral Foot
Photographs of Admiral Foot courtesy of Pam Dennison his great grandaughter.
The most difficult dask was transfering fish on a daily basis from the trawler to the cutter
This had always been a perilous task as these 1880 images from E.J. Mather’s book show.
What happened to the boxing fleets? Large losses of ships to enemy action whilst fishing and on war service: 1914 – 1918. Fleets reduced in size afterwards North Sea less productive during inter-war period Hull owners concentrated investment on highly profitable distant water sector The last boxing fleet trawlers called back in from the North Sea and laid up in early 1936, almost exactly 75 years ago.