4 thoughts on “Scorraig Boats

  1. It was Cecil’s wife Elsie who ran the fish shop after the salmon fishing declined.

    The seaweed factory was set up to make use of the crews in the Winter. It dried and shredded the weed. It was an excellent fertiliser, but they couldn’t find a way of marketing it.

    The ice was made in the ice house by the old pier at Gairloch. It came out in great slabs which were then ground down between the teeth of a grinder, helped on by blows with a sledgehammer. I am afraid that I must admit to letting go of the handle of the sledgehammer once, dropping it in with the ice.

    The “Granny” you mention was the boss, she was Helen, the widow of Robert Powrie. They were all lovely folk.

  2. At Portsoy, in connection with their Salmon Bothy Museum, they are building a new coble as a project, based on an old one that they have taken to pieces.

  3. My Mr Powrie was Ian he had a brother in Gairloch, Cecil who kept a fish shop. I think he owned the ice machine too which was fairly basic. Ian had tried to set up a seaweed factory but had given up, presumably it didn’t pay. There is a builder’s merchant there now
    And there was a their mother Granny Powrie in Gairloch too. Billy referred to her as. “The Granny with the gold tooth.” We used to get a wee strupac with her when we took the boat back at the end of the season. We were definitely just minions to her. I think she was likely the real boss.

  4. The Bob Pryde in your photo is probably the grandson of the Bob Pryde ( born 1860 ) who married Christian Powrie, who was the daughter of Robert Powrie, who was my great-great grandfather

    When in your story you mention Mr Powrie – was that a David, or a Robert or an Archibald ?
    My family strychnined seals in the Moray Firth too

    Like your Mr Powrie I still often think of sleeping in the bothy, in this case at Red Point – I have the key hanging up at home.

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