Film ID:
YFA 3628

POT LUCK

1962

Visitor Tabs

Description

This documentary film was made by Bill Freeman in 1962.  It focuses on the fishing industry in Bridlington and features the crew of the Wayside Flower as they bring in the catch of the day including lobsters and crabs.   

The film opens with a sunrise over the water; a man approaches the docks and climbs aboard a fishing boat.  More men arrive to board the Wayside Flower and begin to load lobster nets onto the boat.  As the boat begins its journey, the docks appear to move further into the distance.  Other boats are seen at sea as the boat rocks backwards and forwards on the waters.  The captain of the boat is inside the steering vestal.

The fishermen pull up lobster nets from the sea and unload their catch.  They begin to prepare the lobsters by tying string around the claws.  Once the catch has been unloaded, the fishermen throw the cages back into the sea.  

When the fishermen arrive back at the docks, they secure the boat with a series of ropes.  The fishermen move barrels containing the day’s catch onto a wooden platform, which is pulled up by a crane and loaded onto the docks.  There are crabs stored inside large wooden containers with rope handles marked ‘Grimsby Fish’.  

When the containers are placed on the dock, fishermen unload them and start to prepare the fish that are inside.  Two fishermen are working at a table, gutting into the fish and putting them into a basket.  Other containers marked ‘W. SIDE’ are loaded onto the crane and placed on the docks.  

Once the fishermen have unloaded their catch, they walk away from the docks towards Bridlington.