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After the trawl: Memory and afterlife in the wake of Hull's distant-water fishing industry

Byrne, Jo


Jo Byrne


© International Maritime Economic History Association. This paper offers an overview of Byrne's recent research into the economic, social, spatial and cultural consequences of the decline of Hull's distant-water trawl fishery after the 1976 Cod Wars. The research combines documentary sources with oral history narratives to examine memories of decline and adjustment, at sea and on shore, as a once localised industry turned towards a global arena. In cultural terms, Byrne establishes the longstanding ties between industry, district and workforce in the dockside neighbourhood of Hessle Road, before engaging narratives of fractured place-based relationships to explore the ensuing divorce between a maritime industry and its cultural landscape. Finally, as Hull's trawl fishery recedes in terms of popular memory, the research examines how fishing heritage is currently represented by groups in the modern city and seeks the 'right place' for a fishing past as the city looks to the future.


Byrne, J. (2015). After the trawl: Memory and afterlife in the wake of Hull's distant-water fishing industry. International Journal of Maritime History, 27(4), 816-822.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Dec 18, 2015
Publication Date Nov 1, 2015
Deposit Date Dec 12, 2019
Journal International Journal of Maritime History
Print ISSN 0843-8714
Electronic ISSN 2052-7756
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 4
Pages 816-822
Keywords Cod wars; Cultural landscape; Fishery; Fishing; Heritage; Hull; Oral history; Trawl
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