New Ebook - The Grimsby Fisher Lads: The story of the Humber fishing apprenctices
The true life account of the a little known aspect of Grimsby history.
The Workhouse Fisher Lads are an integral part of the history of
Grimsby and other Humber ports. Orphans and foundlings had the chance to
escape the miseries of the workhouse by going to sea as apprentices on
board the fishing boats. This is their story.
The earliest known Fisher Lad went to sea in the early 19th century
and the system continued up to the First World War. For more than a
century young boys - some only 8 years old - went to sea in the
traditional sailing boats that braved the North Sea to bring back the
fish that kept Grimsby prosperous. It was a brutal life.
In this book, Grimsby-born Marc Jones traces the harsh life of the
Fisher Lads at sea and on shore. He details individual stories of some
oustanding lads who found fortune, disaster, happiness, tragedy and even
murder as they worked the boats to escape the Workhouse.
About the Author
Marc Jones was born in Grimsby and has lived in Lincolnshire all his
life. He lives locally with his wife and daughter and is very active in
the local community. He is a school governor, active fundraiser for
local causes and a county councillor as well as standing for the Great
Grimsby seat in the 2015 General Election.
Marc says “outsiders can have an unjustly negative view of Grimsby.
We need those in positions of influence within the town to have and
portray a much more positive view of Grimsby. It has got some cracking
potential and its main asset remains the people who live here. They
deserve support, investment and new ideas instead of just more of the
This book shows the hard-working history of Grimsby people and their
willingness to overcome whatever nature or the EU has thrown at them.
This centuries old town can and will have many more exciting stories to
tell about the lives of those who live, love and work here. The next
chapters need to be tales of success, innovation, transformation and
prosperity. I truly believe this can be the case if we all pull together
to make Great Grimsby a town that respects and remembers its past but
works for a better future.
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