Cat no. 170

Sprat Fishing in The Wash

Running time~11:15 1960 Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

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The Remus and Cortina fish for sprat in the Wash.

Genre:

ActualityAgriculture

The film begins with long and close shots of two vessels owned by the Leggatt brothers of Faversham, Kent as they fish for sprats in the Wash. These vessels are the 'Remus' and the 'Cortina.' Fishermen haul in nets laden with sprats. A long handled hoop net is used to bring sections of the net in at a time. Each section is heavily laden and at times the fishermen have trouble controlling it. The 'Cortina' and the 'Remus' head back to Wells. There are shots of the estuary as the boats enter Wells harbour as well as shots of the Harbour. These include the old lifeboat house and there are shots of another boat, 'Faustulus.'
The next section shows shots at sea of a net being hauled aboard between two boats. Fish are shot into the well, helped by one of the crew members. More nets are hauled aboard and more fish enter the well. The hatches are fastened down and some of the men transfer to the other boat. The net is re-shot. There are scenes of the wheelhouse, showing the skipper and the equipment. The net is retrieved and another large catch is hauled aboard.At Wells Quay, the fish are unloaded using a bucket, block and tackle system. They are emptied into boxes and stacked ready for transport. There are scenes of the Quay and the estuary.

Notes:

These sequences are as shot, although are assembled out of order. The original film is owned by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Featured Buildings:

The Old Lifeboat House

Ministry Of Agriculture, Fisheries And Food

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