Saturday, June 23, 2007


Having been born and brought up in the fishing communities of Cairnbulg and Inverallochy in the North of Scotland it was a pleasure to watch the recent BBC documentary - Trawlermen 2. Documenting a few weeks out of the lives of crews of various boats based in Fraserburgh and Peterhead, I watched with some nostalgia.

Below is a clip from the initial series entitled - Trawlermen (No 2).

It seems to have made stars out of some of the characters. Jimmy Buchan skipper of the Amity has even started his own blog.

One of the most poignant moments was watching another skipper say goodbye to his boat after 30 years at sea. A mixture of not moving with the times and less fish meant that he had to tie up the boat for the last time. During the programme he read out an extract he had from the old days of how many boxes of fish he would catch in just one hall of his net. His type of fishing was now out dated and in effective.

Just made me think what are we doing in Church that we were doing 30 years ago that now just does not work and is ineffective and what principles do we still need to adhere to?


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