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Eriskay - Fishing Boats and Fishing Gear

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:04 pm

Paid a short visit to the enchanted isle last weekend to check some work that had been done outside our house in the Spring. The first image here shows some of the concreting work around the house including a new wall, with roughcasting in Skye marble, and new replacement gutters and downpipes. (The boss can just be seen through the kitchen window !)

The second and third image is of small fishing craft lying at the pontoons in the Acarsaid Mhor (Great Harbour) on the East side of the Island. These pontoons and the associated marine aluminium access gangway were installed a few years ago and have been a boon to the fishermen allowing easy access to their boats. The very large tidal rise and fall used to mean this could be a fairly awkward and indeed dangerous business in past days.
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The Wee Hoose (Lingay View)
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Boats at Acarsaid Mhor - 2
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Re: Eriskay - Fishing Boats and Fishing Gear

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:19 pm

Prior to the floating pontoons being installed, the fishing boats lay alongside, up to six abreast, the Old Pier, seen here. This was the usual robustly-built affair with galvanised access ladders and a hydraulic crane. Before that pier was built (in the 1970's) Eriskay had no pier in the Acarsaid Mhor, the fishing fleet anchored in the safe harbour and crews transferred ship-to-shore using their individual small dory type boats. (Not a load of fun in an Easterly gale at three or four in the morning after a bad crossing over the Minch from the market at Mallaig or Oban)

In keeping with any small fishing port, the usual clutter of prawn creels, lobster and brown crab pots, storage boxes, ropes, buoys, netting, etc. Some images from around the Eriskay piers.
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Re: Eriskay - Fishing Boats and Fishing Gear

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:28 pm

Some more images of the general fishing 'clutter' around the piers.

In the old days (when I were a lad, like!) lobster pots were made on the island using imported canes, timber and tarry rope. Pots would be weighted with a lump of the local gneiss stone. These days are gone now, pots are procured in bulk from Suppliers, and are mass-produced with more resistant materials to better suit their arduous life and function, and of course the costs have risen accordingly. A fisherman starting off with, say, 800 pots, has to invest quite a little 'pot' (sorry!) to get his business going. Sadly, he can lose the lot in one bad night, this has happened oftimes and ruined the poor soul who was trying to make a living. In the real bad winter gales, out on the West side, sometimes the fishermen cannot get to their pots for a whole week, by which time they are gone or beyond salvage.
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Re: Eriskay - Fishing Boats and Fishing Gear

Post by gerrydee » Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:37 pm

Angus Mac Kinnon wrote:Some more images of the general fishing 'clutter' around the piers.

In the old days (when I were a lad, like!) lobster pots were made on the island using imported canes, timber and tarry rope. Pots would be weighted with a lump of the local gneiss stone. These days are gone now, pots are procured in bulk from Suppliers, and are mass-produced with more resistant materials to better suit their arduous life and function, and of course the costs have risen accordingly. A fisherman starting off with, say, 800 pots, has to invest quite a little 'pot' (sorry!) to get his business going. Sadly, he can lose the lot in one bad night, this has happened oftimes and ruined the poor soul who was trying to make a living. In the real bad winter gales, out on the West side, sometimes the fishermen cannot get to their pots for a whole week, by which time they are gone or beyong salvage.
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Thanks for taking us on a visit to the Sunshine Island
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Re: Eriskay - Fishing Boats and Fishing Gear

Post by yorkieman » Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:09 pm

Good to see the Wee Hoose as well ..... what are the B&B rates please, need to update the tourist brochure :)
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Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:31 pm

No fiscal outlay required - just repeat a thousand times the following : "BPTC - the very finest shipping company ever", "Clydebuilt - the very best ever constructed", "Troon-sur-mer - sunshine hotspot of the UK" ...... :lol:
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Post by yorkieman » Sat Sep 24, 2011 4:15 pm

Oh, it's a perk of my job then, great!
Does Easyjet land there?
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Re: Eriskay - Fishing Boats and Fishing Gear

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:23 pm

ANGUS -

Thanks for taking us on a visit to the Sunshine Island.

GERRY


Aye, Gerry, it was short and sweet but useful, and always good to see the old homestead once more. You and Ann need to give the USA a miss one of these summers and get yourselves up there, you would find it well worthwhile. Even the lesser islands, like Barra and Uist, are worth a look-see !

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Re: Eriskay - Fishing Boats and Fishing Gear

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:26 pm

yorkieman wrote:Oh, it's a perk of my job then, great!
Does Easyjet land there?

No, Easyjet's for wimps, Loganair for the Isles - but only at low tides :lol:
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