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Haaf-net Fishers near the Solway

Period:
19th Century
Description:
On shores of the Solway and the estuaries of the rivers that flow into it fish come and go with the tides, especially salmon and flounders. The portable haaf nets used to catch these fish are distinctive to the area and may date back a thousand years to the Vikings. As the tide runs over the mudflats haaf netters stand chest deep in the channel of the river, forming a human chain. This technique requires strength and skill, but above all, local knowledge of the tides and channels. The village of Glencaple can be seen in the background. The ship building industry of Glencaple and nearby Kelton declined in the mid 19th century, and haaf netting became the main occupation for many of the men living there, continuing as such well into the 20th century.
Materials/Media:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
L 800mm, W1205mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:2003.28
Digital Number:
DMFA090n
Creation Date:
1885
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council