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Decade Location Identifier
1910 - 1919 Pulteneytown JN20128B001

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Gutters at work in Wick with the lifeboat shed in the background. The gutter girls usually worked in teams of three - two gutting and one packing. The job of gutting, dousing and packing a barrel (700 herrings) took around 10 minutes. Three girls would pack around 30 barrels in a 10 hour day.

The lifeboat shed was built at the Salmon Rock in 1913-16, but the first motor lifeboat did not arrive until 1921. The house was successively adapted for different boats over the years and remained in use until 1994, since when the boat has been kept afloat in the Outer Harbour at Wick. The old building is now the base for the volunteers of Wick Society who look after the Isabella Fortuna which is housed there over the winter months.




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