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David MacClounnan and Alison MacKay with a catch of lythe

Photograph of David MacClounnan and Alison MacKay in Balephuil with a catch of lythe in 1983.

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Courtesy of Mrs Nan MacClounnan

David MacClounnan and Alison MacKay are pictured here with a catch of lythe (pollack) in Bail’ Ur, Balephuil in August 1983. As lythe feed on sand eels, Tiree fishermen would bait their hooks with rubber eels bought from the local shop or sometimes made from the covering of electrical wires.

Lythe were fished from rocks or from a boat, often very successfully. Fish were preserved for the winter by steeping them in brine then packing them in barrels or pails with coarse salt. Larger fish like cod, lythe and ling were split in two.

Once salted, the fish were hung by the tails on a line outside or in the byre to dry. Others were hung in the chimney and were smoked as well.

Colour photograph of David MacClounnan and Alison MacKay in 1983.

David MacClounnan and Alison MacKay in Bail` Ur with a catch of lythe (pollack) in August 1983.

Object Details

Other Number: B161
Normal Location: Photograph Shelves: photographs – B100-199
Current Location: normal location

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