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STBF Coble Project

Portsoy was once a centre of Scotland’s thriving commercial salmon fishing industry and had its own salmon coble. Sadly the salmon fishing industry collapsed in the 1990s and the sturdy cobles, essential for the daily work of every station were left to rot, or were converted for other use.

Most cobles were built by skilled craftsmen using line of eye and with methods passed by word of mouth. Few records of construction were ever made. By building the coble, and documenting the whole process we set out to rectify this. At the end of the project we hope that Portsoy will have a coble again, along with a full archive detailing construction this particularly Scottish vessel.

Salmon Coble Project Promo from Stephen Macmillan on Vimeo.