been carried out in Peterhead since the early 16th century. In the
early 1800s the men fished in open sail boats, there was no shelter
for the crews. They were launched from the shore and hauled back
again at night. As the men would be out fishing all day the women
carried the men on their backs out to the boats so that they would
be kept dry. If a man had to work all day in wet boots and clothes
he would get arthritis and not be able to work.
During the 19th century the whaling was the main fishing industry,
but in the mid 1800s the herring fishing started to pick up and
by the turn of the century, when the whaling was fished out the
herring fishing came into its own. In this time the boats had grown
larger and aquired decks which were much safer. By 1900 the steam
drifter had come along and with this added power they could fish
further afield. By the twenties it was the turn of the Motor boat
and today Peterhead is the largest white fish Port in Europe.