Fishermen of Hastings .200 years of Hastings Fishing Community
Two hundred years of the bustle and turmoil of Hastings Old Town life … how the notorious ‘chopbacks’ got their name … fraud and swindle over the Harbour that could never be … double-dealing at the Town Hall … the deep sea luggers … the tragedy of the Great Blizzard … the drama and heroics of the lifeboat … how the netshops came about . . . why sail gave way to power. This is a book capturing the warmth and vitality of a community that traces its roots back to the Middle Ages and beyond.
`Fishermen of Hastings’ is the first full history of one of Britain’s oldest fishing communities, today boasting the largest fleet of beach-launched fishing boats in the country. The book also records for the first time the full stories of the Hastings Harbour and lifeboat. It is profusely illustrated with over 140 pictures, maps and drawings – many of which have never been published before.
`This is a valuable and well documented history … an excellent contribution …’ J Manwaring Baines.
STEVE PEAK grew up in Hastings and works as a researcher and author. This book is the result of four years’ investigation, during which he saved the fishing
boat Edward and Mary, built in 1919. It is now preserved and stands beside the Hastings Fishermen’s Museum.
Very well illustrated
Interior clean , Binding tight,