Line Sculls

Anstruther long line scullLine sculls were a type of frame basket that was used for line fishing all round the Scottish coast. The size and shape varied depending on the region where they were made and used, and whether they were being used for great line or small line fishing. Generally, however they were frame made oval baskets which were higher at one end,  allowing the line to be easily fed out from the shallower side of the basket.

What we know about line sculls

Long liner at Arnol Blackhouse

These frame style line baskets were used all around the coast of Scotland for line fishing. Sometimes they were made quite roughly of willow, as can be seen in examples of ones used in crofting areas of the west coast. …Continue reading “What we know about line sculls”

Gallery of Line Sculls

Arbroath scull, from the Fishery Office Arbroath 1964. Rattan. probably a Peter Lindsay basket. National Museum of Scotland

A collection of pictures of small line sculls held in museums and archival pictures of the sculls in use.

Couple working together setting bait in Cromarty

Couple setting lines into longline basketsPC.CAMPBELLROSS, Am baile

William ‘Lairdie’ Finlayson and Maggie ‘Bolt’ Price, his wife, are working together in their yard, at 65 Gordon’s Lane, Cromarty setting baited lines into a scull. From the blurred images of their hands, its looks as if he is passing …Continue reading “Couple working together setting bait in Cromarty”

Blind Benjie Finlayson plays fiddle, with all the materials for making a line basket to his left


‘Blind Benjie’ Finlayson is playing fiddle, sitting with his father who baits lines, feeding them into a deep Cromarty-style line scull. A half-finished scull lies on the ground between them, while a bundle of the materials for making it, probably willows …Continue reading “Blind Benjie Finlayson plays fiddle, with all the materials for making a line basket to his left”

Longline baskets on the beach at Cromarty, c1910

Men with line baskets on the beach at cromarty

Two fishermen work on the shore beside a boat, below the fishertown at Cromarty. Beside them are several sculls, or scoos, – line baskets. The small boats reflected the type of fishing and the sculls used, which was close to home. …Continue reading “Longline baskets on the beach at Cromarty, c1910”