Fishing fleet in Peel Harbour: 1940

This short archive video from 1940 takes us back to the days when the Peel fishing fleet was active. It opens with Manx drifters racing home with a good catch. They fish for mackerel off the southwest coast of Ireland and herring round the Calf of Man. There’s also footage of the Manx fisher girls filling the barrels and long shots across the harbour as the catch is loaded aboard the cargo boats and the fishing fleet sets sail again.

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