Trawling in Scotland: 1929 – 1931

This Pathé Archive takes us back to 1929-31 with footage of trawlers  and fishing boats going out of a harbour in Scotland. A tug pulls a sailing ship with evocative soundtrack of the water. There is limited commentary but we hear Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Banff, Inverness and can discern some fishing numbers on the hulls of vessels. There’s an overhead view of the fish market with crowds of men gathering to join the bidding and clear footage of women in aprons and headscarves sorting fish with good soundtrack of them singing ‘Loch Lomond’.

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By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonny braes
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
For me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond

For ye’ll take the high road
And I’ll take the low road
And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye
For me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond

Twas there that we parted in yon shady glen
On the steep, steep side o’ Ben Lomon’
Where in purple hue the Hieland hills we view
An’ the moon comin’ out in the gloaming
refrain . . .

The wee birdies sing and the wild flow’rs spring
And in sunshine the waters are sleepin’;
But the broken heart it kens nae second spring
Tho’ the waefu’ may cease frae their greetin’
refrain . . .