Blaydes House Maritime History Seminar Series October-December 2018
The Long ‘Lost’ History of Bottom Trawling in British and Irish Waters - Dr Peter Jones (University of Leicester)
Little has been written about the early history of beam trawling in British and Irish waters, beyond the fact that it was complained of as early as the 14th century in a petition to King
Edward III. Yet there is clear anecdotal evidence that it spread rapidly from that date, particularly around the south and east coasts of England. By the early-17th century, it was source of considerable conflict in both nearshore and offshore fisheries close to London, and by the middle of the 18th century, beam trawling was common round much of England and Ireland. For most of its history, bottom trawling was a highly contentious practice, but in the mid-19th century there was a sea-change in attitudes towards it – officially, at least.
Dr Peter Jones will present an overview of this now-largely forgotten history, and raise some important questions for modern attitudes towards bottom trawling.
The seminar series is supported by the Maritime History Trust
Entry is free and no ticket is needed. Places are on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so latecomers may not be admitted when the lecture room is full.
Doors open for tea and coffee at 5.30pm
- 8 October: ‘War at sea in the Middle Ages; what is known about weapons and tactics?’ - Dr Susan Rose (Roehampton University)
- 5 November: ‘And since that time has never been heard of’. The forgotten boys of the sea: Marine Society merchant sea apprentices, 1772-1873 – Dr Caroline Withall
- 3 December: The Long ‘Lost’ History of Bottom Trawling in British and Irish Waters - Dr Peter Jones (University of Leicester)