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The Paull Shrimper

Taken from The Humber, A. Watts, 1980...

Paull Creek, the lower part of the former Hedon Haven, was the home of the Paull Shrimper and, at the turn of the Century, the fleet was numerous and the business profitable. The boats varied from between six to twelve tons in displacement, the larger boats being kept anchored in Paull Roads, the smaller type using the creek between tides. The illustration shows a typical rig and hull with the cockpit well extending to the after side of the mast. Very little deck gear was carried, the bowsprit being pressed into service, partly run in, as a Spanish windlass when, for example, the Trawl was fouled and additional power was required. Sails were made by the fishermen themselves, with plenty of flow and heavily 'dressed' for a long life.

The boats were undoubtedly good sea boats and were reported to run or reach without a hand on the tiller, whilst the single hand boiled his shrimps, changed head sails or coiled down his trawl warps. The larger boats carried a crew of two. Shrimping was effected by two 9'6" beam trawls with the boats sailing on the ebb and returning on the flood, having the advantage of a favourable tide when working the narrows. They usually fished locally but occasionally they were to be seen prawning on the Haile Sand outside the Humber or, fitted with a stow net, on the Trent or Ouse.

The Paull Shrimper

Visitor Comments

Posted by JRS at 09/03/2010 12:18
In the 1890s the Shrimpers included: James Dickinson, Robert Dickinson, Joseph Elways, Robert Elways, James Evendon, William Gorbutt, Francis Parrott, James Parrott, George Pickering, Ralph Pickering Snr, Ralph Pickering, George Starkey, Frederick Starkey, John Storey, Johnathon Such, James Wilkin Snr, James Wilkin, John Wilkin, Stephen Wilkin and William Wilson. A photograph of them exists with Sam B Wilson and a few other unidentified individuals exists. There is also a Hely Smith (Louth artist) watercolour of John Wilkin at the tiller of Sapphire. I can remember buying bags of shrimps from one o the Pickerings in the mid-1960s.
Posted by Rosemary Hendry at 05/09/2010 04:49
I was very excited to find this site and to read your comments with names. My Ann Elways ggg grandmother's brother was Robert Elways, who had a son Joseph, both listed in the census as fisherman, living at Paull, and listed by you as shrimp fishermen in your comments.
Ann Elways father, also a Joseph was a fisherman of Paull as well 1785-1857.
You mentioned a photo. Where can I see this.
Looking forward to hearing further.
Thanks
Rose Hendry
Posted by Wendy Skelley at 17/11/2010 22:52
I am also very interested in this as I have a family tree including these names also. Could you please both email me any info you would be happy to share with other Elways descendants. Thanks
wendy.skelley@xtra.co.nz
Posted by Malane Parkhill Register at 21/11/2010 07:04
I was very interested to read all about this,and to see that Rosemary Hendry had left a message, my great grandfather was Samuel Elways Thomas, Ann Elways son, he married Alice Jackson, and came out to New Zealand 1870. My mother Joyce Parkhill (nee Hawkins), used to know of a Rosemary Hendry that lived in Rotorua, could this be the same Rosemary, that left a message? I am also interested in any info on the Elways family, or even to see a photo, thanks Malane
Posted by Malane Parkhill Register at 25/11/2010 08:09
Hi, I forgot to add my email address for your info it is registers@paradise.net.nz

So hopefully someone will reply to my last email, as I am tracing the Elways/Thomas Family.
Thanks
Malane
Posted by JRS at 27/12/2010 22:17
Posted by JRS at 10/01/2011 17:47
Posted by Brenda at 16/01/2012 20:49
Thank you for this! Jim Cook was my grandfather and William Gorbutt my great grandfather. I have a photo of the Shrimpers at Paull that can be seen at the Hull Town Docks museum.
Posted by lynne at 28/07/2012 19:54
I grew up in the village of Paull & william Gorbutt was my great grandad also i have just been looking up archive paper cuttings from the 1980s onward & have found some info on the fishermen of Paull.Would be happy to pass on to anybody who is interested in them.
lynne
Posted by Adrian at 28/03/2013 18:06
Not sure if this site is still active - my wifes 3X GGrandfather is Jonathon SUCH and I see him listed as one of the Paull shrimpers. He was married to Ann DICKENSON obviously another local shrimping family. I would be fascinated to see any more information.
Posted by John at 24/04/2013 15:37
Brenda Jim & Clara Cook Had 3 sons Jim Frank Cecil & a daughter Audrey
Posted by Carol at 14/08/2014 22:08
Clara Cook was my Great Grandmother, my Grandad was Fred Gorbutt, married to Lillian.
Posted by JRS at 12/11/2014 20:57
The Post Office Directory for Paull in 1857 lists John Dennis, John Denison, James Dickinson, Joseph Elways, Joseph Naylor, Francis Parrott, John Tennison, Francis Turner, John Wilkin, Stephen Wilkin and William Wilkin as "fishermen". James Dickinson also ran a store, John Tennison was also landlord at The Royal Oak and William Wilkin likewise at The Humber Tavern. Baines (1823) and Bulmers (1892) do not list any fishermen per se
Posted by JRS at 12/11/2014 21:03
The Post Office Directory for Paull in 1857 lists John Dennis, John Denison, James Dickinson, Joseph Elways, Joseph Naylor, Francis Parrott, John Tennison, Francis Turner, John Wilkin, Stephen Wilkin and William Wilkin as "fishermen". James Dickinson also ran a store, John Tennison was also landlord at The Royal Oak and William Wilkin likewise at The Humber Tavern. Baines (1823) and Bulmers (1892) do not list any fishermen per se

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