A Newhaven Fishwife By Alexander Ignatius Roche – oil on canvas, Public Domain
Moonstone mounds of herring,
Torn from the belly
Of the Sea Mother.
Her baldy rolling, groaning,
Foam fingers clawing,
The herring girl,
Slits the guts.
Fish eyes pale,
Steel flick of entrails –
Fish eyes flat.
No requiem for them.
The stench of fish, her breath.
Bright eyes tired –
Girl’s eyes flat.
Her dreams float with
Dead fish in parsley sauce.
No requiem for her.
Copyright Kathleen Ayres/Katy Walters.
In the 1800s and early 1900s, 1000s of girls were employed as fish gutters, following the fishing fleet from Shetland to Yarmouth and Lowestoft. These women knitted whenever they had free time and incorporated patterns they saw in other areas. A former herring girl told of the rivalry between knitters and the one-upmanship of using a new pattern that no-one else in the village had.
The Fisher girls traveled to the fishing ports each season.“
The work was long and hard, the girls were into the “farlin” to be gutted and the “guts were taken out with a very sharp gutting knife”. The girls doing the gutting had their fingers wrapped in “clooties” – bandaged cloths to prevent any knife nicks.
Above info. From Wikipedia
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Katy lives on the South coast with her husband and a loving hyper friendly dog who likes to greet and lick everyone on sight. She has a BA Hons (Psych) BA Eng.Lit. MA in Religion and Mysticism and a Hon Dr. Science for research into pain control.
She was a psychologist and hypnotherapist before changing direction for full time creative writing, Her main genres are historical romance, crime and science fiction.