Looking back: Fishing days gone by in Pittenweem

Fishing in Pittenweem
Fishing in Pittenweem

Pittenweem Harbour was first recorded as a port in the year 1228 and the heyday of the fishing industry was during the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the last century.

This photograph captures a moment in time as a local Pittenweem fisherman tends to his wooden lobster pots.

Although the inshore prawn trawlers and creel boats that fish from Pittenweem and the East Neuk today are a long way removed from the considerably bigger fleet of whitefish vessels from this time, creels and pots full of Scottish shellfish are still landed, destined for sunnier climes.

Most of the local catches of crab, langoustine and lobster are now shipped to the continent.