Delving into Grimsby’s fishing heritage
An historical, gripping and lyrical account recording the experiences of apprentices in the ruthless, dangerous Grimsby fishing industry of the 19th century will be staged at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall later this month.
Supposed Drowned charts the times when young boys were recruited from workhouses, orphanages, charitable institutions and city streets to crew the fishing boats which brought the wealth but also disgrace to the world’s then premier fishing port.
Monty Martin of Barton Muse which is promoting the event on Wednesday, February 24, said that poet Gordon Wilson’s account showed that whilst a few boys flourished, others endured abuse, misuse, and frequent death.
“Three Parliamentary Enquiries into the misery they endured made headlines in newspapers and magazines of the day, shamefully to little effect,” he explained.
In the second half of the evening Grimsby Celtic folk rock band Merlin’s Keep will be bringing poignant, traditional song settings to the poems that sensitively complement the narrative with energy and emotion.
Supposed Drowned starts at 7.30pm at the Maltkiln Road venue and tickets cost £7 in advance or £8 on the door. Tickets can be purchased in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380. Alternatively they can be bought online at www.bookitbee.com (search ‘Supposed Drowned’) or Cleethorpes TIC 01472 323111.