The North Sea—at least according to Walter Wood—was awash in blood and fish. Thus, the title of this week’s Book of the Week “North Sea fishers and fighters,” equates men drawn to the sea for the allure of earning a living and trawling to those drawn to battle for the allure of adventure and bloodshed.
War to-day is waged as fiercely on the North Sea as it ever was when Jutlanders and Vikings came to England. But it is another sort of fight, a battle with unnumbered hosts that dwell in gloomy waters and are seldom seen till they are conquered.
|Illustration by Frank H. Masondepicting the tempestuous waters of the North Sea.|
I heard a North Sea skipper tell how […] he severely injured his arm. For sixteen weeks he remained at sea, with no opportunity of getting the wound treated, except in the roughest fashion; there was not time when he came ashore to cure it, and he had to go back to the fleet, a helpless youngster, and let chance do the healing. This is merely one—and not a lurid—instance of the neglect and suffering […] when a mixture of turpentine and treacle was reckoned an efficient medicine.
Another color illustration by Frank H. Mason with a lifeboat coming to the rescue of a ship in distress.
If the North Sea waters were translucent, what a wondrous sight would be presented to the voyagers upon its surface! Countless myriads of fishes find existence […] an almost solid moving dark or silver mass. […] Rich hauls of gold have been taken by sinking shafts; but hauls of silver fish, as precious, have been made from the prolific waters of the Bank […] a region which, in its way, has been as profitable as some of the goldfields of Australia.
Illustration from Neal Green with fishermen sorting through the trawl.
Several fish varieties found in the North Sea.
- Britain: Catching a cold; fishing. (2002, Nov 09). The Economist, 365, 28-60. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/224037153?accountid=14784
- Green, Neal. Fisheries of the North Sea, by Neal Greet. With two illustrations and a map. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1918.
- Wood, Walter. North Sea fishers and fighters, by Walter Wood. With colour and pencil illustrations by Frank H. Mason and photographs by the author. London: K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Ltd., 1911.