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Skipper George Carter

‘We were up to our knees in cod’

Born: 1935

Duration: 24m 21s

Type: Audio

Filesize: 31Mb

Recorded: 12 May 2018

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About this recording

George Carter from Lybster was the highly successful skipper of the Silver Cloud and Silver Cloud II. In this interview he recalls some huge catches, including the time in February 1966 when he and his crew landed an amazing 378 boxes of cod. He also talks about some of the wartime tragedies that occurred off the east coast of Caithness and tells of one or two strange experiences at sea – including a close encounter with a great white shark.
George has been told that he was first taken out to sea at the age of two. He still has a small boat at Lybster and he helps out with educational activities at Waterlines visitor centre, telling local youngsters about fish species and the fishing industry.
The photo shows George with his current boat in the background and, beyond that, the house in which he was born.
Sound effects: noisecreations




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