Trawlers and Trawler Folk

Ernest Cleveland (2009)

Biography   History   Hobbies / General Interests   Non-fiction   Other Non-fiction

An enlightening book tracing the author’s career in the Humber fishing fleet between the wars and the profound changes in the fishing industry. Ernest worked from Kingston upon Hull in several vessels like the Thomas Hardy and the Cape Barfleur. Enduring the hardships of year-round deep sea fishing in the North Sea and off Iceland and Greenland.

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Ernest's second book follows on from the story told in St Vincent’s Home Boys. It traces his adventures in the Humber fishing fleet between the wars.
Following family tradition Ernest signed up on a trawler bound for Icelandic waters. Thus his career In the fishing industry began by working from the city of Kingston upon Hull in several vessels such as the Thomas Hardy and the Cape Barfleur. Enduring the hardships of year-round deep sea fishing in the North Sea and off Iceland and Greenland, Ernest developed a deep love of the sea and the natural beauties around him, while observing with wry humour the human stories and characters of his crew-mates. This book also describes the profound changes in the fishing industry that took place during Ernest’s years at sea.

Trawlers and Trawler Folk
By Ernest Cleveland (1910—1985)
with additional material and editing by Margaret and Jonathan Monk and Barrie Cleveland

 

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Ernest Cleveland

About the authors/editors Ernest was born into a fishing tradition in Kingston upon Hull in 1910 at 3 Park View cottages, Diversion Rd. His father, as his grandfather and great grandfather before him, were fishermen originating from Margate in Kent in the mid 19th century. Whilst his father was at sea Ernest’s mother died when he was just eight years of age thus leaving him, his three brothers and his sister alone. He then had to find help and St Vincent’s, one of many orphanages in the city, answered his call. Ernest, along with his three brothers, was looked after by the Sisters of Charity. At the age of fourteen he left St Vincent’s and, as many others did, signed up as deckie learner on his first deep sea trawler heading for Iceland, spending the next 15 years in the fishing industry and achieving a boatswain’s ticket in 1930. At the outbreak of war [...]

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