The following are quotes from old fishermen taken during our intergenerational interviews. Young children met the retired fishermen and seamen and learnt first hand how they lived and how they thought. In this case the old fishermen talked of the superstitions which characterised the fishing communities.
"Its how we were brought up, me dad, me grandad its just passed down. There's different things you can't mention. I went down pier one day early morning to go out to sea and the weather wont too good there was about 15 of us all stood on the pier, and one of the young fellows said well if we aren't going to sea, I'm going to my fathers to feed me rat. Well that was it.." Fred Normandale
"A black cat if he saw a black cat he would turn round, a woman with a squint. An over hand knot in a rope, a witches knot. My uncle was very superstitious and one of his relations, a crew he was in he lent in dark to pull up the ropes and me uncle tom fell upon this witches knot on the end. That was it he went home". Bill Pashby
"He lit a great big bit of paper and walked right down gunnels I asked what you doing , he said I'm getting rid of the witches, until he burnt witches off that boat would never be any good". Fred Normandale
"Don't say the word long tail (rat) because they wont like it. Do not say it when talking to a fisherman it used to be ripe down there on bottom end of em . There's an old saying bout these long tails when a trawler come in from sea and he's landed all his fishing down and these long tales abandon ship, come ashore. When that ship goes to sea it will sink. Its happened many a time. Its called leaving the sinking ship." Ross Tyson