Preparing mussels for bait, Cromarty 1910s

A fisherwoman is preparing mussels to use as bait in line fishing in Gordons Lane, Cromarty, around 1910. The mussels are in a large barrel before her, while behind her are what appear to be several deep sculls, ┬átypical of the region. These include a very deep one, which would be termed a ‘rip’ in Arbroath, but here is called a ‘burden scoo’, used by fishwives to carry fish on their backs. To the woman’s right, behind the young girl, stands either a quarter cran or a general fishing basket.

 

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