Fisherman, Jim Sheader, talks about fishing superstitions.
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My particular superstition is bob tails - I won't say that, but I don't know why. It's just something that's been handed down. My father, he was a skipper and he was dead against it. But I think its just a family thing.
Other animals I am not too bothered about. They talk about rats leaving a sinking ship but I have never really experienced it happen. I've never had to leave a sinking ship (laughs).Fortunately, close too but not.
Whistling, that's another thing. He always said whistling up the wind.
And then getting a good catch. Eddie Temple could tell you about some of my superstitions about that one. I would never plan for the next haul. We used to have a tikle if you got heavy fish in. Some people would say keep it handy all ready for the next haul and I would say no, stow it away. Don't plan for the next haul. Stow it. We can always unstow it to get the fish aboard.
Fridays. I never liked sailing on Fridays and yet strangely enough we our maiden voyage when we took those we took them on a Friday and made our maiden voyage on a Friday. But we didn't have any choice in it I was only the skipper not the owner.
The old timers in Scarborough. If the met a parson on the way down to sailing they would turn back again, they wouldn't go to sea.
INTERVIEWER: You talked about this person who was unlucky. why did people avoid him, had he had bad luck in the past
He was a nice lad actually. He just seemed to have that aura about him. I don't think he ever sailed out of Scarborough. People wouldn't carry him. He was a local lad, a relative to Lindy and Tom. He was a nice lad but they said he was a Jonah. He's the only one I've known here actually.