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Interview with Ned Maddrell about the brig 'Lily', fishing and Manx Gaelic

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Date(s): 1970

Creator(s): Wood, Eric

Scope & Content: Ned Maddrell talks about the loss of the brig 'Lily' on Kitterland during a storm in 1852. His great-grandfather was one of the victims. He then talks about the 'Clan MacMaster' 1923 wreck; lighthouses on Kitterland and The Calf. Ned talks about fishing and his merchant service around the British coast; fishermen having winter work as rope-makers, weavers, cable joiners, masons, sailmakers, carpenters and blacksmiths; learning Manx Gaelic as a child; Deemster Moore reading the laws in Manx on Tynwald Day; and he recites the Lord’s Prayer in Manx.

Ned talks about the number of men and boys on fishing boats and the size of the fleet; netmaking; herring exported to England and Holland; function of funnels on fishing vessels; how fishing was a dangerous occupation. He describes going to the mackerel fishing in Ireland from the age of 14 and sailing to the Shetland Isles for herring; how he started as cook and finished as skipper; mackerel exported from Ireland in small fast steamers to England; how fishing lasted six months and winter work included building stone walls; the pay; men going to sea from Cregneash; how men progressed from fishing to schooners and wind jammers or working for big companies based in Liverpool.

He recalls his school days in Port Erin and Port St Mary; learning Manx Gaelic from a great-aunt; pronunciation of the Manx language and modern changes. He explains why there is no graveyard in Cregneash and how only two families living in Cregneash today were born there.

Administration / Biographical History: Edward Maddrell (1877-1974) known as Ned Maddrell, was the last native speaker of Manx Gaelic.

Language: English

Extent: 39 min. 58 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0325

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