Toilers of the deep

In 2009, a collection of Edwardian images offering an intimate view of life on the North Sea 'boxing' fleets was found in London. Robb Robinson tells the story of the fleets – named after the boxes in which their fish was packed – and their hardy crew

Trawler crew, c1900. (Photo by Past Pix/SSPL/Getty Images)

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