Morecambe nostalgia: Potted history of the town’s fisherman

A rare catch of a seal in Morecambe Bay 1920. Picture by Andrew Reilly.
A rare catch of a seal in Morecambe Bay 1920. Picture by Andrew Reilly.
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In this week’s Looking Back we take to the sea and look at the town’s fisherman during the early 1890s and 1920s.

From cocklers to mussel catchers and to the women who potted the famous Morecambe Bay shrimps, it’s all here in these rare resort pictures. A sight rarely seen today is also captured in a 1920s picture - a fisherman in Morecambe Bay with a seal.

Sorting and bagging the mussels Morecombe Bay (no date). Picture by Andrew Reilly.

Sorting and bagging the mussels Morecombe Bay (no date). Picture by Andrew Reilly.

James Swain, who made his trade in mussel catching is also pictured, he is seen on many historic fishing photographs taken from Morecambe Bay – the date of this one is unknown.

Thank you to Andrew Reilly, of Morecambe Old and New Facebook group for sharing his pictures.

Shrimp heading for the Potting factory 1920. Picture by Andrew Reilly.

Shrimp heading for the Potting factory 1920. Picture by Andrew Reilly.

James Swain, musseller, Morecambe Bay  (no date). Picture by Andrew Reilly.

James Swain, musseller, Morecambe Bay (no date). Picture by Andrew Reilly.

Potting shrimps in Morecambe " no date or location. Picture by Andrew Reilly.

Potting shrimps in Morecambe " no date or location. Picture by Andrew Reilly.

Carnival float, The Fisherman's Co-operative, Clarence Street, 1925. Picture by Andrew Reilly.

Carnival float, The Fisherman's Co-operative, Clarence Street, 1925. Picture by Andrew Reilly.