Pretty Girls

Port St Mary
 

Just finished -  at Port St Mary, Isle of Man. This group of fisher girls in their long black oilskin aprons includes Avoch girls. The fishing fleet in full sail can just be made out in the background, and comprises mainly steam drifters.

 

Maggie Jack, on the left, and the Allison sisters who were descendants of the renowned Katie Jack, who carried men and and women from shore to boat in the old days.

 
  Avoch girls
 
  Gutting and packing
 

A Breather - taking a seat from the backbreaking work of gutting and packing the herring. Back row, third right is Annie Jack, first row, fifth right is Janet (Eppie) Patience. Do you know any others?

 

Avoch Fisher Lasses, 1920s

Back row: M Reid, M MacLeman, M MacLeman

Front row: C MacLeman, B Jack, B MacLeman

When fisher lasses married, they stopped going to the gutting

 
  Avoch girls
 
  Curers
 

The curers - a day’s work done!. The gutting crews after a hard day’s work. The crews were transported to and from the shore by the carrier’s wagon.

 
  Barrels of herring
 

Finding time to pose with their curer, this group of fisher girls sit in front of barrels which were packed with salt herring. They had a very hard life but many of them looked forward to the “good times” at the fishing. They would normally work until nine or ten o’clock at night and if there was a “big fishing” in they were “dead beat”; just time for a wash and bed! They were paid 3d per hour or 9d per barrel in some ports. Among this group of hard-working women is Maggie Jack and the Allison sisters. Do you know any of the others?