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    Trying to figure out from Lerwick port records what vessels were involved in the summer herring season 1984. The pursers are easy to find but the smaller boats are difficult (for me!) to know if whitefish or herring and wondered if anyone on here could help. I have Dayspring Fr306, Ocean Crest Fr217, Accord Fr262, Replenish Bf382, Uberous Fr50, Modulous Fr272, Radiant Way Fr234, Maureen Jane Pd363, Scottish Maid Bf317 and Spes Mellior Pd397. These all shown as arrivals during the herring season but the harbour records donít note whether on whitefish or herring. Finally if any of these were fishing herring would it be by trawling / pair trawling. Thanks John

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    Dayspring Fr306, Ocean Crest Fr217, Accord Fr262, Replenish Bf382, Uberous Fr50, Modulous Fr272, Radiant Way Fr234, Maureen Jane Pd363, Scottish Maid Bf317 and Spes Mellior Pd397.

    Think all of these were at the herring John , the Maureen June definitely had a separator fitted for the herring in the early 80's

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    That’s great Davy, thanks. Do you know if there’s any online resource that lists what fishing vessels were licenced to fish for North Sea herring during the 80s. That would certainly help to clarify who was fishing for what during the summer herring seasons. Also on this same theme do you know where records might exist showing what klondykers were licenced to operate (in Lerwick) for both the herring and mackerel seasons during the klondyking years. It was such an interesting period in Lerwick’s maritime history and one well worthy of documentation before records disappear and people around at the time forget! Happy days for many of us at the time!
    Cheers John

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    Fishery Office were the ones that had to check the klondykers when they turned up so they should hold the records for all the eastern block boats that were licenced in the 80's , as for what boats went to the Herring that's a bit more difficult as in the Broch you had some of the wooden 50ft boats ( Dewy Rose / Jacquamar and others ) that went to the Herring as well as a fair amount of 75-85ft wood and steel boats that had tanks , fishery office will hold all the landings records but I'm not sure they can let you know but no harm asking ( try the Anstruther Fishery Museum they got a load of old spotter plane photos from the fishery office so may have been given some of the old records as well )

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    That’s great Davy, thanks again especially the info on the Anstruther Fishery Museum photos and (maybe) records.
    Cheers John

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    I got 4 cracking photos of our old boat from the museum John , think they got all the prints and negatives from the early 70's until the mid 1980's

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