One reason that, there was such a response, is that a lot of folk would miss a food, that they haven't eaten in quite awhile and it also brings back a lot of memories. Some of those memories good and some not so good, give me a plate o' haggis,neaps and tatties as well. LOL
I mentioned these girls in a post about Ullapool, and yes they did "follow"the herring around the coast as far south as Yarmouth I believe, and sexy ? We did spend a couple of nights out at the "Fish Farm"a couple of miles inland from Ullapool with a jug of the local brew, and a good time was had by all(well maybe not all). most of the girls were quite young with just a few "old Ladies"to teach them the job.How they got from one port to the next is beyond me tho, as no transportation was apparent save for an old Truck(lorry) that hauled the fish from the dock and back in Barrels, this was around 1949
Hamish and all interested in the herring gutter ladies I can recommend a little book I have in my possession called "In A World A Wir Ane" by Susan Telford published by the Shetland Times in 1998. The sub title is A Shetland Herring Girl's Story. It was written from a taped recollection by Susan's grandmother Christina Jackman nee Leask and is an account of her times as a herring gutter from the 1920s to the 1950s. It was recorded in the Shetland dialect and written verbatim so if you are not familiar with the Shetland dialect it may be a bit hard to follow. For me it is a brilliant read. It does tell how the ladies got from herring station to herring station. Not nancy girls, that's for sure!
Just for the record, the camera that took this picture in 1933 still sits on the bookcase in my study. A small metal plate reads 'No. 1A Pocket Kodak Junior - Made in USA by Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester N.Y.' What sort of pocket they were talking about I have no idea, for this is one hulking camera which certainly wouldn't fit into any of my pockets. To operate, you pull down the front of the camera and the lens and viewfinder extend at the end of an impressive bellows system. The shutter lever, top left of the lens, is operated by the right thumb, the camera being cradled at waist height as you gaze down into the prismatic viewfinder mounted above the lens. A far cry from a multi-megapixel digital. If my memory serves me right, you could take 8 photos per spool.
I've had herrings in oatmeal as a bairn (Sottish father), but if you want to be amongst people who really appreciate the herring these days, you have to to come to Holland ! Fresh raw Hollands Nieuwe with some chopped onions and a slug of Jenever if there's any about... Heaven !!
Quite often if the drifters, were to make a long move, or even going home the girls went with the boats, I remember my granny telling me that. There was also the train, that would have taken the women all over.