“Fetching in the Lines”
The fishergirl holding the ?long line’ is Lizzie Alice Hawksfield. The girls and fishermens' wives collected the mussels which were used as bait, often walking up to six miles each way to do so.
The payment for ?Mucking’ (cleaning the line and hooks of old bait and other debris), ?Skaning’ (removing the mussels from their shells) and baiting a ?long line’ was 9p. These operations could take upwards of two hours. No extra payment was received for gathering the mussels.
Taken on the Fish Pier, Whitby by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe .