Yes, well that was the culture and that was enormously beneficial to the fishing industry because people ploughed back their profits into building better boats. And that’s really how the whole thing developed. The thing with Buckie, we interviewed people who had started on sail boats and then you got the steam drifters coming in, which were an amazing achievement actually. Big boats for the time and they must have been ... well, they were incredibly expensive. And done entirely through local resources, through family resources. And then they moved over to motorboats and so on but each time pushing forward. That was because, even when they had got quite a lot of money, they preferred not to display it but to live in a simple working class style. I think that’s carried on with some of the really wealthy fishing people but there are others which it hasn’t and that’s interesting. It relates to religion partly because if you take the Buchans, who’ve got a set of very expensive boats, they’re still very simple living and they’re Brethren while the Tates, who also live in Fraserburgh, they’ve a totally different way of behaving. Fast motorcars and they like a bit of wine and this kind of thing which is a very big break with the past so I wonder in the future whether you’re going to get a more consuming kind of elite developing. Particularly if the influence of religion wanes.

  • Paul Thompson
Friday 17th July 2009