Wells Next The Sea, Whelk Boats At The Quay 1929

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Caption for Wells Next The Sea, Whelk Boats At The Quay 1929: The Wells whelkers are renowned along this coast for their persistence in pursuing their trade. Whelking was not always a comfortable affair. Dropping pots from open clinker-built boats in pitch darkness and foul weather meant the whelkers could often find themselves stranded for hours on end on the wrong side of the bar waiting for the tide.

An extract from Norfolk Photographic Memories.

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This is my grandfather standing in his whelk house looking at the boats as they unload. He died after a motor car accident on Beach Road in 1934.

How well I remember arriving at Wells-next-the-Sea from Leicester as a new bride. My husband was a former high school pen-friend who was now in England serving in the U.S Air Force, having been in the country from his home in Wisconsin for a year. Now stationed at Sculthorpe. We spent our first week in Norfolk (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Wells Next The Sea, Whelk Boats At The Quay 1929: The Wells whelkers are renowned along this coast for their persistence in pursuing their trade. Whelking was not always a comfortable affair. Dropping pots from open clinker-built boats in pitch darkness and foul weather meant the whelkers could often find themselves stranded for hours on end on the wrong side of the bar waiting for the tide.

An extract from Norfolk Photographic Memories.

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