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From the Daily Telegraph Friday 4th. August 2006 Letters.
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We are now more than half way through the BBC's excellent series "TRAWLERMEN" and yet, despite unbelievable battles with mother nature, what she throws at them and what she surrenders in the terms of harvest, I have not yet heard a single swear word.
The captains and crew demonstrate a camaraderie and cheerfulness that is a salutary lesson to us all. What a comparison, and indeed example, to those foul-mouthed yobs we are shown working in their warm, cosy and stable kitchens in the so-called haute cuisine programme.
Gerald Fisher
Kettering, Northants

Yours aye,
Slick (Applause)
 

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i fully agree nothing like catering staff at sea put ramsey in a galley at sea and he would not last five minutes the crowd would give him a taste of the deep six regards kev.
 

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Better chuck Ramsey over the side, people like that make me sick.
Pompous nothing that he is. Respect is something given to someone
who deserves it but never asks ..... Those men on "Trawlermen" and
others like them all around Britain get all my respect. Real men in
real situations, and who provide a vital, well, service. (Applause)
 

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lol i agree he wont last 5 mins ramsey wont,i have worked in galleys ashore i hate them,i been to sea on a trawler did 2 trips i enjoyed it,that was 5 years ago if i had to do it all over again i would.still work as a chef though.
 

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yes thats right he made hells kitchen and the f word tv series cooking shows,man i cant understand the way he speaks to his staff,i wouldnt even work for the ****head anyway,even if i did i would stand up to him,but i would mind having his cooking knowledge...but mines good for now:)
 

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I have laughed my way thru the whole series , not because its not been great TV , it has , but because I know almost all of the men on the 5 boats featured and the extreme lack of swearing is just not truthfull lol. Believe me when I say that the language onboard 95% of the fleet would make Gordon Ramsay blush ( even he would learn a few dozen new swear words lol ). I felt sorry for Ryan ( the young guy on the Ryanwood in the last 2 episodes ) as i've been there with sea sickness / dehydration ( thats why he had sore heads , dizzyness ) and the skits. I've lost 1.5st in 5 days at the pair in the middle of winter fishing north of Shetland so at least he didn't have bad weather or he might have had to be put ashore.

I've recorded the entire series , about time the british people saw just how the fish they eat gets to them ,shows them the true price of fish.

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I am sure that all of us realise that the language was tempered for the benefit of the cameras Davie, and that is the difference. Those men had the decency to temper it rather than use it to try to shock or impress.

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Some years ago, maybe in the late 60s, there was a series of posters in Fried fish shops.
It depicted wild scenes of various fishing vessels going about their business, the common caption was something like: "Fish, the food that men still go out and hunt"
and it's still true I think, apart from farmed salmon maybe.

On the subject of the job title 'Chef'. I was once stood in a busy Galley and someone used that word, He was shouted down by all present: "There are no Chefs of a British ship, we are Cooks, Chefs are French"
 

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Just a little snipit from the News of the World newspaper today, by one of there television critics, Charlie Catchpole, : TRAWLER BIT POINTLESS. Turn offs: Some days they catch there quota of prawns in Trawlermen. Other days they do'nt. And sometimes the sea is a bit rough. So? I wander if he's ever done a days work in his life, or been to sea.? I bet he's happy to eat fish though. Pitty they can't send him for a nice little trip on a trawler.
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On Grimsby trawlers it was a no-no to urinate in the toilet (waste of water, I suppose) - it was done out on deck. Number two's were acceptable but the toilet door had to be left open - closing it resulted in accusations of all sorts of dastardly behaviour! A benefit of leaving the door open was that you could chat to the cook who was next door in the galley - unhygenic but congenial.

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John Tremelling said:
I am sure that all of us realise that the language was tempered for the benefit of the cameras Davie, and that is the difference. Those men had the decency to temper it rather than use it to try to shock or impress.

John Trem
Yes John that is the one thing with all seamen I guess , when they're in the prescence of reporters or cameramen they do they're best not to look like foul mouthed idiots. They're not , never have been. Just because a lot of them have no formal qualifications doesn't mean they're not intelligent. The fishing industry is a specialised way of life with a lot of the jobs needing quite a long time to learn to do them right ( just ask any rigger how long it takes to learn how to splice 6 or 7 strand steel wire , aint easy in the least but very easy to get it wrond which makes the splice pull out or weaken the main wire ) , net mending is a skill that quite a few fishermen never manage to master either. As for the safe navigation of the vessel well even with all the modern equipment most fishermen could get themselves home if they lost all electrical power , i'd like to see most RYA qualified sailer's do the same lol.

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Did anyone else notice the occasional use of subtitles?Must have thought that some of us English wouldn't understand the Scots Doric dialect..
 
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