Sunday 9th August 1914

The previous day, Saturday 8th August the pilchard drifter Minnie of Mousehole was driven ashore on Cairn-top-na rocks in heavy seas. Messrs John P Pentreath, Cris Harvey and John Yeamon seeing the danger to the crew launched a small boat and rescued them, William Richards and his son Nicholas, from the Minnie which was breaking up. With considerable difficulty they regained the harbour. The Minnie was 'smashed to matchwood'.



Monday 10th August 1914

On the previous Saturday Aberdeen Trawler owners met and discussed the needs of the navy. They enthusiastically agreed to offer a further 26 vessels.

In Aberdeen Fish Market a notice is posted indicating:- 'Please circulate widely that the Admiralty order no fishing vessels to go to sea until further notice.'

The issue of a Government underwriting of the fishing fleets insurance is being widely discussed and it is believed that if this was resolved and with Admiralty permission most vessels would return to sea.


Tuesday 11th August 1914

Late on Tuesday the Fishery Board for Scotland issued the following telegram: Pleas give prominence to the following notice:- The Fishery Board for Scotland are informed by the Admiralty that fishing craft in the North Sea may continue operations with the following restrictions.:-

  -Trawlers must remain in sight of land and must return to port before nightfall

  - Drifters must not attempt to enter port at night

  - Vessels may carry out fishing operations to the westward of the fourth meridian and west of longitude without any Admiralty restrictions.

All of the foregoing are subject to the proviso that vessels fishing do so at their own risk and subject to cancellation by any special instruction given by a naval or military authority in any particular area.

At Milford Haven the fleet has been badly hit with 30 trawlers having been requisitioned including most of their best fished boats.

It is also reported that many east coast boats are likely to make the trek to Fleetwood and Milford Haven to escape the restrictions and dangers in the North Sea.


Wednesday 12th August 1914


At Boston the Boston Deep Sea Fishing and Ice Co., Ltd., announce their decision to lay up all their ships as they return to port. They will be at the heart of the War by the end of August.


Thursday 13th August 1914

At Grimsby between 400 and 500 vessels are layed up. The Grimsby fish trade is virtually at a standstill.

Friday 14th August 1914

Although the industry was experiencing massive disruption some fishing was going on with the boats fishing at their own risk. The following herring landings were recorded for Friday:

North Shields - a 'revival' in the herring fishing was reported. Fourteen boats landed an average of 42 crans. The top boats were the Cheerful BK 1 and Piscator BK 26 of Eyemouth with 11 crans each and the Kingfisher GN 4 of Granton with 70 crans.

Blyth - four motor boats landed a total of 21 crans. The top shot of 7 crans was the Rhodesia of Blyth.

Mallaig - three boats landed 30 crans. The top boat was the Kate Forbes FR 539 of Rosehearty.

Stornoway - five boats landed 60 crans. The best shot was 35 crans by the Kinnaird FR 205 of Fraserburgh.

Wick - thirty boats landed almost 1500 crans. The best shots were; 140 crans Fidelia Buckie; 130 crans WK 343 Briar Wick; 120 crans BF 940 Vigilant Portgordon; 80 crans WK 113 Crystal River and WK 218 Edith, both Wick; 70 crans Susie Ross Wick; 65 crans BCK 183 Thains Buckie; 60 crans WK 757 Fairy Hill Wick, Mara Smith Buckie and WK 95 (or WK 1251)Victory Wick; 55 crans BCK 19 Lizzie Annie Findochty; 50 crans WK 210 Elsay and WK 109 Adequate both Wick.

Buckie - 50 crans Frederick. The Violet BCK 234 arrived with 80 crans but the price offered was so low that he sailed for Aberdeen with his fish.


Saturday 15th August 1914

The Government have indicated to Aberdeen Trawler owners that for the time being they will not need any more vessels beyond the fifty which are already engaged in minesweeping duties.

Buckie fishermen were reported to be preparing to return to the herring fishing following an earlier decision to stop because of the collapse of markets. They have appealed to the British Government to approach the Governments in France and Russia to drop import restrictions on british herring.

Trawlers are beginning to work during daylight hours and at their own risk as regards insurance. Discussions continue between the Trawler Owners and the Underwriters.

The Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse still carrying the crew of the Grimsby trawler Tubal Cain which she had sunk on the 7th August off Iceland captures the passenger ship Galician. Because of the women and children on board she is released to continue her passage after the boarding party have smashed her radio equipment to stop her reporting their position.

Seven German herring buyers are still running adverts for herring in the Fishing News.

This has been a 'quiet' week as regards losses of fishing boats. All that is about to change dramatically as of the following Saturday, the 22nd August.