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Eyemouth in old picture postcards volume 1

Eyemouth in old picture postcards volume 1

:   W. Lawson Wood
:   Scottish Borders
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-5143-6
:   80
:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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9. During the Great War a British sea-plane made an emergeney landing in the bay. The biplane is seen here guarded by members of the Home Guard. The 'plane was a great novelty to the locals of the time, who were quite keen on a souvenir!

10. The harbour entrance about 1910. Tbc right hand wall was built from the remaining stone that formed part of Eyemouth fort. There is an old entrance, now long gone, with steps built down to the inside of the harbour in front of the old cobble house, with a rather coarse Iocal name. The groyne is quite clear in the centre ofthe beach. Tbe timber structure was placed to check the shifting of the sea beach,

11. Drifters making their way into the harbour. As they approached, the crewmen pulled on the sixteen foot long oars to take them into the safe grasp of the harbour. Strict order was always observed by the boats, first into the bay meant first to market, and perhaps the best prices,

12. An old drifter furling her sails as she crosses the harbour bar. Two cobbles or 'punts' are seen near her, probably servicing other fishing boats still at anchor in the bay. The coastguard houses and protective sea wall ean be seen quite clearly behind her. The postcard is dated 1920, but the original photograph dates from much earlier, The photographer A.R. Edwards was prolific in Eyemouth at this time and produced many fine picture postcards,

13. A view ofthe 'roadsteads', the safe anchorage of Eyemouth Bay dorninated by the headland, once described as a sleeping animal resting its head on lts paws, was the position that once held the fort. The Coastguard Station at the time used to be positioned on The King's Mount, St. Abbs Head is in the distance. The eard said 'Saturdày July 13th 1912. Dry but coldish. Hotel full for next fortnight. Fine company, artists, Americans etc. Herring fishing indifferent, but prices fair.'


14. The problem with the harbour was that it was only negotiabIe at high tide. Here a yawl is being helped in over the bar by the crew members armed with poles and long oars (1906). Horses and carts wait eagerly on the shore to take the herring catch to market if the boats cannot get any further because of the receeding tide. This was a scene all visitors to Eyemouth loved to see, but it was little fun for the fisher-folk awaiting the tide to get the best prices for their catch of herring.


15. A yawllying high and dry on the beach side of the harbour entrance and inner pier head, A rare view, the men are on board awaiting high tide, It was probably beached on the firm sand to do necessary repairs to the huil. The hemp ropes are all colled up ready to be loaded onto the boat after they had dried.



16. Photographed from the pier head looking up the harbeur. Gunsgreen House dominates the view. The gas lamps are placed either side of the low tide steps leading down into the harbour. The original harbour was designed and built by Smeaton in 1768. The cart in the foreground is stacked high with sails and dates from 1913.

17. The 'Spes Bona' in 1930, her decks awash with herring. The men are seen loading the herring into cran, the precursor of the more modern trend to plastic fish-boxes for lifting them onto the pier and onto the market. The 'Spes Bona' was later wrecked with all hands on Luff Hard Reefunder Fort Point in 1944.

J(erring goats, cyemouth.

"I would have men of sudz constancy put to sea that their business might b« everything and their intent everywhere ; for that's ii that always makes a good voyage ~f nothing. "

Sha1lesDeare - Twelfth NiJlht.

18. This scene appeared on various cards at the time, but this one with the Shakespeare quote proved the most popular from 1905. The fleet appears all in fulJ sail ready to leave, but are in actual fact drying their sales. Note the different position of the rniddle pier and the width of the riverside. The harbour was agai.n enlarged in 1887.

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