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Interviews with Alfred Curphey of Dalby about thatching and Mr H. Corkill of Douglas about the herring fishing

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Date(s): 1950-1970

Creator(s): Manx Museum

Scope & Content: Track 1: Alfred Curphey of Dalby talks to Margaret Killip about thatching. He talks about using oat straw for thatching houses; how he would get the straw; difference between thatching a house and a stack; preparing the straw; how work would be carried out during January and February and then the house would be thatched in the summer; how thatch would be covered by a fisherman’s net and a straw rope used to fasten the thatch; some thatched houses being over a 100-years-old in the Isle of Man; working on a farm; the smithy in Glen Maye.

Track 2: Mr H. Corkill of Douglas discussing the herring fishing. He talks about fishing near the Chicken stack using sail power before preparing and getting the nets set and shot; the men going to their positions and the cook looking after the spring back rope which goes underneath the boat; floats or ‘booies’ placed to keep the nets in position and floating. He recalls the ‘finishing of the day’ and how when sun went down the nets were shot; selling the herring; herring spent when spawning; stories about the work of the boat's cook; how all men on board a boat had a nickname. He talks about how his mother was a netmaker and father a fisherman; how the women folk would take care of all the money; the reaction of the skipper when he felt seasick with no cure for seasickness; mixture of fine oatmeal used to cure boiler trouble; and what the crew ate.

Administration / Biographical History: Margaret Killip, Manx Folk Life Survey recorder.

Language: English

Extent: 45 min. 4 sec.

Item name: magnetic tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0108

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Subject tags : #UOSH, #UOSHManxFolkLifeSurvey


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