Fishermen Come Ashore – circa 1910

I scanned this postcard illustration of fisherman at a time when I was reading about the threats to traditional fishing villages in Western Europe.

The long Brexit negotiation around fishing rights between England and Scotland, and France often obscured the fact that small fishing operations are threatened everywhere.

I believe that this postcard, printed in Saxony, was published in England.

It was neither addressed nor mailed.

A group of boys stands on the muddy shores of a bay as a fishing boat comes ashore.

For some reason, the prospect of large, mechanized factory ships replacing entirely the resourceful laborers whose villages still line the coasts of Western Europe looms especially darkly today.

Long life and success to those who go down to the sea in ships!


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