ST ANDREW'S FISH DOCK, HULL (1962) film no: 2249
This film shows men working on St. Andrew's Fish Dock in Hull and the methods of their work. It provides an interesting look at this side of the fishing industry in 1962.
A trawler (The Lord Hawke, Hull) is moored alongside the dock. Baskets of fish are transported via a series of pulleys and ropes. They swing across from the ship on to the dock where men catch them and empty the fish in to buckets. The buckets are then wheeled off in carts. This sequence provides good footage of the unloading process and the dock workers from various angles. There are close-ups of the pulleys as well as the halibut on the floor. The men wash down the metal trays and pile them up. Baskets of fish are pulled up from holes at the side of the docks. Baskets of ice are emptied into the water, and some of the fish can be seen having been dropped out of the baskets.
There are vast rows of buckets of fish, and a man in a white coat stands on top of the buckets inspecting them. On one bucket full of fish, there is a “Birdseye”, “Newington” sign. There is also a bucket with “Jackson Mills” and “Chappie Animal Feeding Stuffs” on it. On the docks, the fish are being gutted and having their bones and heads removed. A man climbs up the mast of the trawler and throws something down to a group of men in white coats. There are scenes of wolf fish being deboned and their skins being removed.
Trucks back up towards a warehouse, and one truck has “Bogg & Son Wholesale Fish Merchants” on its side. In the background another truck pulls off. A man starts to load up the trucks from the warehouse, and there are more scenes of the dock workers. The trawler and dinghy pull away from the dock, and two men can be seen on board. Several halibut are laid out, and a man drags one away. The film closes with different trawlers going by including the “H329 Somerset Maugham.”
The newer vessels were all landing whole fish in blocks which were hoisted singly by an electric shore winch on to a portable table placed on the deck. The blocks were then transferred to an electric conveyor which carried them to the market and then they went by forklift trucks onto open lorries. From being just over 1% of all fish landed in 1963, by 1967 frozen-at-sea fish was 12%, with Hull landing more than any other port, over half of the total – 38,000 tons out of 66,000 tons.