Net hauler ("Duine Iarainn"); Kenneth Ferguson, c.1867-1960; 8th/9th December 19...


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Net hauler ("Duine Iarainn")

About this object

An iron net hauler, made in December 1926, for the fishing boat 'Isa Wood' of Applecross. It comprises an iron spike which would have been held in place by sitting in a hole drilled in the gunwhale; two iron gear meachanisms; two iron hauling plates; a heavy block of wood, possibly European larch.

It was used to haul ropes and fishing nets out of the water and onto the boat. It was turned by a handle, usually when the boat would be in the trough of a wave to make it easier to take up the slack in the ropes.

The hauler was known as the 'Duine Iarann' in Scottish Gaelic, which was the normal language of the population of Applecross at this time. It means the 'iron man'.


Kenneth Ferguson, c.1867-1960

Maker Role


Date Made

8th/9th December 1926

Place Made

Applecross Smiddy

Place Notes

Applecross Smiddy was where most of the implements for use on the Applecross Home Farm and Applecross Estate were made, most commonly by the Ferguson family of blacksmiths. They also made items for other clients.

Place Made

Applecross Smiddy

Place Notes

Iron fittings made at the Applecross Smiddy. Wooden block collected from Applecross Sawmill.

Medium and Materials

Iron, wood, rubber

Inscription and Marks

Illegible marks on iron hauling plates with the manufacturer's/maker's name beginning 'John'.


95 cm high x 70 cm wide x 20 cm deep

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Credit Line

Donated by Donald R. Cameron. Applecross Historical Society thanks LEADER, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Applecross Trust, Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for funding our digitisation project.

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