Transporting lobster creels at Caoles in 1936
Photograph of Calum MacDonald and Alex MacIntosh transporting lobster creels at Caoles in 1936.
Courtesy of Mrs Janet MacIntosh
Calum MacDonald and Alex MacIntosh are shown in this photograph of 1936 transporting lobster creels by horse and cart at Caoles. In the 1930s the men would go out lobster fishing every day rowing or sailing their skiffs around the island to their preferred fishing sites.
The creels were baited with salted fish. A line, around 9 fathoms long, was tied to the bottom frame of the creel and at the other end a number of small herring net corks attached every six feet to keep the rope on the surface at low tide. The top cork was marked to identify the owner.
The lobsters were packed with seaweed in wooden boxes and sent by ferry and rail to Billingsgate market in London. If they survived the journey, the fisherman would eventually receive a postal order, paying one shilling and sixpence per lobster.
Black and white photograph of Calum MacDonald and Alex MacIntosh in 1936.
Collecting creels by horse and cart at Caoles in August 1936. L-R: Calum MacDonald and Alex MacIntosh.