Location: Kintyre
ships and boats, fishing, travel by sea, the natural world

The first shark caught fights back

In the late 1930s, a young Englishman named Anthony Watkins established a factory on the shore north of Carradale to process shark oil in the shark-fishing industry. The first shark captured was harpooned and towed their dinghy for thirty hours from Lochranza to beyond Sanda until the Campbeltown lifeboat rescued them. Afterwards, fishing boats were fitted with harpoons in their bows and Fishermen were recruited as crew. The factory's foundations and the remains of a tank and a boiler can still be seen today.

To read more tales from fishing near Kintyre, see Anthony Watkins The Sea My Hunting Ground (1958).

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