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Maritime Museum - The Drawing Office

Between 1885 and 1914 some 418 small steam driven trawlers were built in Aberdeen. Some were also equipped as line boats or herring drifters, replacing the herring "Fifies" and "Zulus" of an earlier era. Construction of these new fishing fleets gave employment to the builders and also to the auxiliary trades in Aberdeen.

An Aberdeen Industry
Strathspey, Strathisla (284 & 285) Rigging Plan, 1894As the boats were largely destined to serve out of Aberdeen, thousands of jobs were created for fishing crew, fish processors, coaling workers, ice manufacturing and fishing gear makers. Both men and women were employed in serving the industry which by 1907 supported one seventh of Aberdeen's population of 171,000.