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North Sea Herring Fleet

The herring industry

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The herring industry, from the men on the trawlers to the fish girls on the shore gutting and packing the fish.

Questions & Activities


  • Why does the viewer need the intertitles? Why are they helpful?
  • How did the fishermen spot a shoal of fish?
  • Describe the sounds, smells and sensations the women would experience as they worked.
  • What sort of camera angles and shots are used to capture the men and women at work?


Pretend to be fishermen and fisher lassies. Interview one another about your lives and jobs.

Create an invention or system to catch, clean and pack fish in the future. Is it possible to fish sustainably?

Research herring songs sung by the fisher lassies as they worked.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-008-025-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 3110
Date c 1935
Genre Documentary
School Subject Social Studies, Technologies, Drama
Subject Matter Literacy
Who James E. Henderson Ltd
Where Aberdeen
Event Fishing
Clip Length 10:21
Film Length 10.21