File BR 137/1 - Journal of George Errington of the Yarmouth Herring Fishery

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BR 137/1


Journal of George Errington of the Yarmouth Herring Fishery


  • 1787-1828 (Creation)

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126 pages in 8 unbound gatherings and three loose sheets

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Gives details season by season of grounds fished, catches, prices, numbers and types of vessels engaged, times of fleets leaving and returning, market information mainly London, the Baltic and the Mediterranean but one reference to America, the organisation of the industry including meetings of the fish merchants to fix prices and details of a wage agreement in 1821, Government bounties, the success of the Lowestoft, Cromer, and Southwold fisheries and the Dutch Fleet, occasional references to other catches including pilchards, mackerel and whale, the building of new curing houses during booms, losses at sea and the weather and the great gales of 1789, 1807, 1808, 1810, 1820 and 1821, statistics of numbers employed in the East Anglian fisheries in 1807, and records of catches and vessels per owner at Yarmouth in 1807-1813. There are frequent references to the success of the Erringtons' own boat the 'Neutral', and a general report of 1798 on the herring fisheries in Norway, Gothenberg, the Isle of Man, Ireland, Liverpool, Scotland, Yarmouth, Dover and Hastings is copied in. The document is in one hand throughout and watermarks dated 1821 and 1827 occur.

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Created 01/07/2002 by Droim. Modified 15/11/2019 by Droip.


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