Ernest's second book follows on from the story told in St Vincent’s Home Boys. It traces his adventures in the Humber fishing fleet between the wars. Following family tradition Ernest signed up on a trawler bound for Icelandic waters. Thus his career In the fishing industry began by working from the city of Kingston upon Hull in several vessels such as the Thomas Hardy and the Cape Barfleur. Enduring the hardships of year-round deep sea fishing in the North Sea and off Iceland and Greenland, Ernest developed a deep love of the sea and the natural beauties around him, while observing with wry humour the human stories and characters of his crew-mates. This book also describes the profound changes in the fishing industry that took place during Ernest’s years at sea. Book reviews online: PublishedBestsellers website.
About the author
Upon leaving St Vincent’s orphanage Ernest, aged fourteen, signed up as deckie learner on a deep sea trawler heading for Iceland, spending 15 years in the fishing industry and achieving a boatswain’s ticket in1930. At the outbreak of war in1939, Ernest moved into the Merchant Navy Fishing section and eventually the Royal Navy (Harry Tate’s Navy). While stationed in Ipswich in 1942 Ernest met and married Dorothy Pulham. On moving to Hull Ernest returned to fishing until 1950 when he took a position as Fishery Officer with the North Eastern Sea Fisheries Committee and moved to Hartlepool with his wife and children. On retirement in1975 Ernest wrote two books St Vincent’s Home Boys and Trawlers and Trawler folk. When Ernest died in 1985 neither book had been published. In 2007 his daughter Margaret, son Barrie and grandson Jonathan edited his memoirs for publication, incorporating supporting information from their own researches.
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