Yorkshire Cobles

When you visit Robin Hoods Bay in North Yorkshire you will see in the Dock area a number of traditional Yorkshire Cobles. The older ones, and more traditional ones were built from wood, but the modern ones are made of glass fibre.
The fisherman in the period of time we are studying would have owned a wooden Coble, very much like the ones you see in the pictures below.
This picture shows the bow of a traditional wood built Coble, registered in the port of Whitby
The Coble has a flat bottom to it, which makes it easier to launch from the Wayfoot and means that it can float in very shallow water, which is the case on the wave cut platform we find at Robin Hoods Bay.

The picture below shows the inside of the Coble. Can you see the following fishing items?

The oars for rowing the boat out to sea.

The buoys which are used to mark the position of the nets and pots when they are out at sea


The oars are attached to the Coble by the rowlocks, which you can see below


The fishing nets.


The Coble is powered by oars, which the fishermen use to row the boat. You can see the oars more clearly in the picture below.

The fisherman used these nets to catch the Herring, which when smoked are called Kippers

Here are the lobster and crab pots which the fisherman use to catch the creatures from the sea bed.
Here is a typical lobster pot.
You can see the two wholes where the lobsters or crabs can crawl through, dropping into the bottom of the pot they are unable to get out. The fisherman places bait at the bottom of the pot to attract the lobsters. Can you see the two metal weights in the pot, which make sure it sinks to the sea bed.

Each pot is tied by a rope to the next pot and at the end the fisherman ties a buoy, like the ones you see below. This floats on the surface of the sea and means that the fisherman can find them when sails back out later in the day.

Often the fisherman will attach a flag to the buoys so that they can see and identify them more easily
Finally here are more pictures of modern Cobles, what can you see that are the same and what has changed?