In a wide range of displays, I learnt that the off shore fishing only got started about 1840 when huge numbers of ‘silver fish’ were discovered on the Dogger Bank. As well as long distance trawlers that I was aware of, Hull fishermen had played a big role in the whaling industry. I didn’t enjoy looking at the displays about this very unpleasant business. There were some interesting films on show: a silent one of fishing in the 1920s which was frightening in the risks that men undertook on heavy seas and another of dock work in the 1950s that was almost as worrying in watching dockers manhandling heavy loads without safety helmets or industrial gloves. Lots and lots of stuff. And free entry too.
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