What are the Cornish boys to do?

Well Cornish lads are fishermen, and
Cornish lads are miners too, but when the
fish and tin are gone, what are the Cornish boys to do?

~ Roger Bryant, traditional Cornish songwriter


I have published quite a few posts about the miners of Cornwall so here is a view of the fishing industry at Newlyn. A great place to visit if you want to buy some fresh fish as it is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the United Kingdom.

If you feel like sharing some verse then pop over to Ailsa for instructions.

This song has become an anthem of the people.


  1. Sue says:

    Nice one, Jude!

  2. Pit says:

    Nothing’s better than the coast (anywhere) for fresh fish, isn’t it?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Too right!

  3. Lucid Gypsy says:

    A nice shot and a thought provoking poem Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I ought to look up the rest of the song.

  4. Lovely photo, Jude. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sylvia. I want to do a lot more photography around boats.

  5. Such a pretty scene. There’s nothing better than a feed of fresh fish.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I love fish, but since moving here we haven’t actually eaten much of it. Must definitely remedy that!

  6. pommepal says:

    Very appropriate for where you are now Jude. What do they do then? Move away or go on the dole?

    1. Heyjude says:

      And go to work in gold or coal
      Or face a life upon the dole

      We’ll do as we have done before
      Go out to roam the wild world o’er
      Wherever sea or ship are found
      Or there’s a hole down underground

      Pretty much Pauline – according to the rest of the song. I know a lot went to Canada and Australia, maybe they still do.

      1. pommepal says:

        You are going to have endless interesting times looking up all the fascinating history. Nowadays Google makes it so easy to research the past.

  7. beetleypete says:

    We watched the TV documentary series following the fisherman of Newlyn. A hard life, where the rewards can be wiped out by the costs. Quotas set by the EU, perfectly good fish dumped back dead into the sea, and the daily demands of a fickle market. It’s amazing that they keep going, and a tribute to their determination and endurance. (And many of them are not even from Cornwall.)
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      I know I couldn’t do it! And sadly a lot of what our fishing industry catch gets exported so we don’t even see a lot of it, unless you go to fancy restaurants in London. We need to eat more than just cod and haddock!

  8. Chillbrook says:

    A photographer friend of mine, David Penprase produced a book of portraits of the fishermen of Newlyn last year. He very kindly asked me to photograph the launch, you may remember my post https://cornwallphotographic.com/2014/11/14/the-seamans-mission-project-salt-of-the-earth/ The book has now raised a huge amount of money in support of the fishermen’s mission is Newlyn which as you know, looks after the welfare of the fishermen. It’s a superb book and well worth the purchase as David is a fabulous photographer and the book really captures the character of these people. It’s on my bookshelf and I’m very happy to have it there. You might consider a copy for yourself Jude. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I shall certainly look out for it Adrian. Even though I have promised myself NOT to buy more books…

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