Great Yarmouth 1950s photos by Jack Harrison (born 1938)
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Herring Fishing was a major industry until the end of the 1950s when if rapidly declined with reduction in fish stocks. Boats, many from the Scottish ports, would be based at Yarmouth for the autumn.  Competition could be fierce, particularly to be able to land the catch ahead of rivals (and get better prices).  The Scots would not go to sea on Sundays, whether for religious reasons or as a result of hangovers, was never quite clear.  Boats were moored at the weekend, four or more abreast, near the centre of Yarmouth.  Local boats (eg those with Yarmouth YH registrations) often went to sea or remained at the Fish Wharf.  Monday mornings would see a mass departure for the fishing grounds.  The final picture shows the beginning of the end - the abandoned hulk.

Herring Fishing 1950s
Weekend scene near the Town Hall
Herring Fishing 1950s
Yarmouth steam boats moored at the Fish Wharf
Herring Fishing 1950s
Monday morning rush
Herring Fishing 1950s
Monday morning
Herring Fishing 1950s
Old steam drifter from Kirkcaldy
Herring Fishing 1950s
Racing into the harbour.  The smaller diesel drifter is destined to win
Herring Fishing 1950s
Gulls in attendance as always
Herring Fishing 1950s
Newer Yarmouth boats unloading
Herring Fishing 1950s
Nets drying
Herring Fishing 1950s
Into dry dock for repair
Herring Fishing 1950s
These barrels were destined for Czechoslovakia
Herring Fishing 1950s
Big catch that had taken time to lad - the boat didn't get in until nighttime
Herring Fishing 1950s
Drifters were still being built in the mid 1950s
Herring Fishing 1950s
                                 But others had seen better days

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