Fraserburgh, Herring Boats c.1900
Photo ref: F63003
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There are several stories as to how the zulu got its name, but the first of the type does appear to have been built around 1879 at the time of the Zulu War. It was as a direct result of changing to carvel building that the overall length of zulus increased. The masts had no standing rigging, being supported by the sail halyard and burton stay tackle. Note the mast on PF114: at deck level it appears to be at least two feet thick. The zulu beam to length ratio was in the order of 1:4. In later variants the tiller was replaced by steering wheels; steam capstans, which were used to work both rigging and the trawl, came as standard.

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This picture is I would think, the most significant view of Fraserburgh. There are stories surrounding the Wine cave and the Wine tower that all brochers will Know. The entrance to the wine cave is in the corner of this wee bay below the wine tower. The story is that a piper went into the cave playing his pipes. The Idea was that he would discover the extent of the cave. His pipes were heard above ground at a ...see more
I left Fraserburgh as an eight year old. but I remember playing round the lighthouse. On the rocks below there was a large pool where we built rafts from herring boxes nailed together and filled with cork floats from the herring nets. we floated them in the pool and really enjoyed our days there. on a recent visit I noticed a lot of the pool was filled in and now no longer used. A little further along ...see more
I was born in Alexandra Terrace in 1960 but have lived in England since the early 1960s. I have only returned twice for family reasons since but still fondly remember the harbour, fish market and especially morning rolls. My father lived on Barrasgate Road and my mother on Finlayson Street.
We had been in Grantham in England prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. Mother and Father decided to go home to the 'Broch' believing it would be much safer for the family. The shuttle from Grantham to Peterborough was without incident, but joining the London-Aberdeen express we were crammed into carriages packed with soldiers as they were being re-distributed to many different places to defend the ...see more