National Geographic : 1934 Aug
HEAVE HO, WITH A WILL! A basket of herring comes out of the hold to the quay. Four such baskets make a cran, the customary British measure of fish. In 1913, at Great Yarmouth's all-time peak in the herring trade, more than 824,000 crans, or, roughly, one billion fish, were unloaded at her piers (see text, page 248). REAPING THEHARVEST OF THE NORTH SEA Herring fishermen lead strenuous lives. This crew had been hauling nets for more than five hours when the sunpeeped above the fog-dimmed horizon. If the catch is large, it often takes twice that time topull inthe heavily laden nets.