April was the time for painting the boats, which were beached on the north side of the harbour.

“The Betty” (INS48) and “The Golden Dawn” in new paint
Boats waiting for paint, around the 1960’s

Avoch Harbour. Note the number of bogies (handcarts) used for transporting Kessock nets and gear to and from the harbour

The Nonesuch

The first boat of the Zulu design, “The Nonesuch”, was built at Lossiemouth in 1879. Its length was 60-80 feet with a crew of 6 or 7. The high mast allowed a huge mainsail and with a mizzen and jib. The Zulu was both fast and very seaworthy, excellent for herring fishing.

Zulus were common along the Moray Firth until the early 1920s when they had engines fitted or were replaced by steam or motor drifters.

The “Clever Lassie” was the last Zulu in Avoch and was used until about 1950.

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A Zulu and a Scaffie make their way slowly through Tomnahurich bridge on the Caledonian Canal.

Scaffies in Avoch harbour – in the foreground is the “Damascus” and next to it the “Boy Dan”. Note the thatched cottages at the far left (opposite what is now the post office)

Taken from the East, this photo shows how the boats were beached on the shore when the harbour was inadequate for the growth of the fishing fleet. Most of the houses were built with their gable ends to the sea to afford them storm protection and were newly built at this time. They were situated at the bottom of James Street and Margaret Street and were called the New Cottages.