Trawling: Celebrating the Industry That Transformed Aberdeen and the North-East of Scotland

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In 1882, the first catch from a stream trawler was landed in Aberdeen. For the following 125 years, trawling has been an integral part of the fabric of life in north-east Scotland.In Trawling , Raymond Anderson recounts the growth, importance and social history of the industry and of the towns, villages and fishing families behind the fleet.The fascinating stories of the industry in Aberdeen, Fraserburgh and Peterhead are all told: the fish markets that were the hub of the communities, the skippers who braved the North Sea to make a living in the most dangerous business in the country and the trawlers themselves from the first small steam trawlers to the modern hi-tech vessels that make up the fleet today.Illustrated throughout with remarkable archive photographs from the Press and Journal, Trawling brings the story of the industry completely up to date. While the collapse of fish stocks, the introduction of quotas and the decline of the fishing fleet are all covered, it is fundamentally a celebration of the extraordinary bravery, ingenuity, independence and self-reliance of the men and women who created and sustained a mighty industry that transformed north-east Scotland.