Port Moon Fishery

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View out the front door

Inside The Fish House

Inside the thick stone walls of The Fish House, theres no escape from the natural symphony outside; twittering Swallows view out of the windowand the nearby stream bubbling down to the shore on a calm summers day, waves shuffling the pebbles along the beach or in fiercer conditions, the invigorating salty wind howling across the Bay.

Many casual evolutionary changes throughout the long history of the building are evident. Doorways converted in to windows and openings bricked up - all roof of living area of Fish Houseenriching the narrative of the building and conveying the ingenious response of the fishermen to a harsh isolated environment. The roof is supported by four slim purlins on each side rather than the normal one as a response to the access to the site and painted with pitch, a material used for waterproofing the boats.

 

Paraphernalia

A variety of decaying fishing paraphernalia still decorates Fishing paraphenaliathe Fish House. Rusted drums, long wooden poles with pulleys, chains and fastenings still hanging on the wall.

The simple elements of a traditional homestead remain in the living part of the building. hearthA functional hearth, a cast iron kettle hung over the fire, a couple of cast iron spring beds and stone walls and a wooden roof that keep out the rain and wind. kettle

Sitting in front of a roaring peat fire absorbing the sights and sounds of the Fish House, far away from bland modern conveniences stimulates stories of Giants that celebrate the maritime heritage of these shores. With the decline in Salmon stocks and the industry it supported, will these physical reminders of a proud way of life be allowed to disintegrate in to the landscape?