Quarter cran

Quarter cran, Leith Customs House Collection, NMSQuarter Cran baskets of were widely used throughout Britain in the herring fishing industry. One cran is the official unit of measurement for herring, and quarter cran baskets were made to exact regulation measurements and had an official brand to certify it they were the correct size. They were used to unload fish from the boat at the same time as measuring the amount of fish caught.

The Quarter Cran – a little bit of history

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Quarter crans were baskets used in weighing and carrying herring. Their size was regulated and standardized by government decree as a legal measure. From all points of view, it was very important that they were of a consistent size, or …Continue reading “The Quarter Cran – a little bit of history”