Monday, August 15, 2011

Thames FISHING industry - the earlier days

A thriving place of business in years past was the Shortland Wharf and the Thames fishing industry. Many factors including fishing quotas have led to changes at Thames. Today a fishing shop still exists, but gone are the days of rows of boats lined up against the wharf.

The article below was written in 1952 and details the industry had existed for over 60 years. At that time there were 14 vessels using the wharf as a base. Who can forget the busy scene of the boats coming in and out to meet the tides. The boats tied up and the baskets of fish being unloaded across the boats and processed in nearby sheds.

Thames Star 10 Sep 1952
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