The Harvest of the Sea: Including Sketches of Fisheries & Fisher Folk

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J. Murray, 1873 - 340 pages
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Page 262 - The herring loves the merry moonlight, The mackerel loves the wind, But the oyster loves the dredging sang, For they come of a gentle kind.
Page 107 - O glide, fair stream! for ever so, Thy quiet soul on all bestowing, Till all our minds for ever flow As thy deep waters now are flowing. Vain thought! - Yet be as now thou art, That in thy waters may be seen The image of a poet's heart, How bright, how solemn, how serene!
Page 326 - Sae true his heart, sae smooth his speech, His breath like caller air ; His very foot has music in't As he comes up the stair — And will I see his face again ? And will I hear him speak? I'm downright dizzy wi...
Page ix - A Review of the Domestic Fisheries of Great Britain and Ireland, by Bobert Eraser, Esq.
Page 212 - ... great while before he would be able to assemble such an army again; and that their supplies of provisions could not be so great but before half the winter was over, they would be in the same straits as they were now ; and that in the...
Page 163 - ... ocean. It is divided into distinct columns of five or six miles in length and three or four in breadth...
Page 171 - Leith, who exhibited before one of the learned societies of Edinburgh a pair of sprats having the roe and milt fully developed. Dr. Dod, an ancient anatomist, says : " It is evident that sprats are young herrings. They appear immediately after the herrings are gone, and seem to be the spawn just vivified, if I may use the expression. A more undeniable proof of their being so is in their anatomy ; since, on the closest search, no difference but size can be found between them.
Page 321 - Then, again, some fisher-people perform a kind of " rite " before going to the herring-fishery, in drinking to a " white lug " — that is, that when they " pree " or examine a corner or lug of their nets, they may find it glitter with the silvery sheen of the fish, a sure sign of a heavy draught. But the fishermen of other coasts are quite as quaint, superstitious, and peculiar as those of our own. The residents in the Faubourg de...
Page x - Commissioners on the operation of the Acts relating to Trawling for Herring on the Coasts of Scotland.
Page 218 - To the powend is also fastened the fishing-line, which is then " paid " out as fast as the boat sails, which may be from four to five knots an hour. Should the wind be unfavourable for the direction in which the crew wish to set the line they use the oars. When the line or taes is all out the end is dropped, and the boat returns to the buoy. The pow-end is hauled up with the anchor and fishing-line attached to it. The fishermen then haul in the line with whatever fish may be on it.

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