The skipper asked us on-board, what we saw chilled us to the bone.
Still on holiday in Newlyn, Nige suggested us men, that’s Nige, Charlie and me, go down to the harbour to see what’s about. Taking our cameras of course. Newlyn is a busy working harbour with its own lifeboat and we were lucky enough to see some trawler’s coming in to unload the days catch. As it happened one trawler pulled up next to us. We started taking pictures of the crew unloading when the skipper shouted over to us inviting us to come on board.
Now a trawler, cod knows, can be a dangerous plaice what with ropes and netting all over the wet and slippery deck. Taking his courage in his hands young Charlie, he’s 6, was helped down onto the boat with his dad Nige and they were swiftly led down into the depths of the boat passing through the crews quarters to the kitchen where they sampled raw scallops. “Delicious” said Nige.
Next up to the bridge where Charlie was invited to sit in the Skippers chair and take charge of the boat. After a while of being in charge Charlie decided it was time to move on but the skipper hadn’t finished with them yet! “How would you like to go down into the hold and see what we have there?”
Charlie a little more apprehensive this time was handed over by his dad to a crew member down into the hold followed by Nige. When at last they came back up on deck I asked Nige “what did you see down there”.
“Loads of dead bodies, I couldn’t take any pictures my lens fogged up it was freezing down there its where they freeze the fish as they catch them to keep them fresh”. With that the skipper threw up a huge cod for us to look at.
As we left the boat the skipper handed us 4 monkfish for our evening BBQ, Nige is a great BBQ chef they were fantastic.
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