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The British fishing industry expanded rapidly in the second half of the 19th century. New markets for fish in the developing industrial towns of Britain could now be supplied by steamships and railways. More and better sea boats with improved nets and equipment resulted in bigger catches. The 300 strong fleet of Peel built boats were fishing for mackerel and herring off Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. 

The Sail-room was the usual meeting place for old fishermen and returned deep water sailors. The talk would be all about boats, record catches and yarns of every description. Michael Teare has used archives from the Teare family and Manx National Heritage to retell some of these stories.

ice salt smoke coverIce, salt and smoke, curing and conserving fish - it wasn’t always kippers on the Isle of Man, how do you export your fish without it spoiling and where do you get your ice in the days before refrigeration?


sailmakers coverSailmaking - before the development of steam engines sails and sailmakers were as important and strategic as oil is today for Navy and Merchant ships as well as fishing fleets. So when  fishing boats were powered by the wind what did the sailmaker do?


ships chandlers cover Ships Chandlers - in any port the Ships Chandler was an important business, not just for supplying local and visiting boats but also as an investor in the local fleet and the life of the town. How did a 19th century ships chandlers business work?


Set of 3 books – Price £5.40 + £2.00 postage and packing

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Also available on the Isle of Man from Leece Museum, Peel.

In London from Arthur Beale, Ships Chandler, 194 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2.

Please contact with any questions or for more information.

Teare and Sons The Quay, Peel

Teare and Sons 2 pngTeare and Sons sailmakers and ships chandlers was situated on The Quay, Peel in the building on the corner of St Peters Lane which is now a car showroom. The ground floor was a ships chandlers with a sail-room in the loft above.

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