The Winds of Change - changing from sail to steam

Photo:Sailing Drifters, early 1900's

Sailing Drifters, early 1900's

Great Yarmouth Museums

Photo:Steam Drifter, 1950's

Steam Drifter, 1950's

Great Yarmouth Museums

Photographs showing sailing and steam drifters

By John Layton

Photograph 1: Sailing Drifters are seen here heading for port with holds full of herring.  Probably early 20th Century.

This was quite a spectacle, as can be seen here, with people standing at the harbour's mouth to watch the boats enter the harbour.

Inevitably the older Sailing Drifters gave way to more up-to-date Steam Drifters (photograph 2).

Yet this was not a smooth transition, as many of the older skippers refused to change.  It was the newer generations that gradually introduced the new technology to the industry.

This page was added by John Layton on 19/12/2006.

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