Thursday, 11 September 2008

Ode to Carrie B

I'm sure I've mentioned before that Newhaven has a very long history as a fishing village. According to tradition, many of the original fisherfolk came from the Netherlands and the north of France. The fishermen of Newhaven were known for their strength and skill, and the fisherwomen for their good looks and their "strong and healthy figures". (I'm not making this up!)

In 1868, no fewer than 113 fishing boats were registered in Newhaven Harbour. Nowadays, the Carrie B is one of the only commercial fishing boats still regularly operating from here. You can read more about the lives of the fisherfolk in the Newhaven chapter in The Story of Leith (1922) by John Russell. The Old Newhaven portal holds lots more information and links to other websites.

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