Port Moon Fishery
The Ice House
Salmon used to be taken by the fishermen directly from Port Moon bay to passing sailing ships heading to the Liverpool markets. After a tragic accident when an entire Port Moon crew was lost trying to transfer fish by heave-to, an ice House was built at the top of the cliff. Ice was gathered in the winter from a nearby ice pond, a stream which was dammed and froze over in winter months.
Salmon nets at Port Moon were coated in tar, which was suited to the dark rocks below the nets. Archangel tar was heated in an old bath in front of the ice house and then squeezed through a mangle to remove excess from the nets which were then dragged down the steep slopes. No doubt a very messy process!
The Fish House
The Fish House is of local rubble stone in the vernacular manner with a simple pitched roof. Externally the gable width is of about five yards and the length over fifteen yards, aligned approximately north to south.
Along the western inland wall lies a drainage channel to intercept surface water flowing down the slope in to the nearby stream. This serves to ensure a self draining foundation, the traditional method of preventing rising damp in walls.
The boat store/work area at the northern end is entered by a full width carriage door of traditional tongue and groove planks, ledged and braced within. The living quarters is entered in to by a single width door at the south eastern side, painted with pitch for weatherproofing.
The Fish House
The walls are of stone, mainly basalt, and are of 18 - 20 inches thick and constucted with lime mortar. The many evolutionary changes undergone by the building throughout its long history along with the many salvaged and second hand elements such as the victorian chimney pot and georgian sash window adds greatly to the charm and character of the building.
The ochre tones of the maturely rusting roof covers an unusual system of wooden boards that appear to be the original external finish of the roof structure in its present form. The pine boards, running ridge to eaves, are supported directly by four purlins on each side of the roof with the external surface being painted by pitch as an outer weatherprofing agent prior to the addition of the corrugation.
Old Ice House
About 30 yards in shore from The Fish House lies the ruins of an old ice house, which served the fishery before the more sophisticated ice house was constructed at the top of the cliffs. Fish were temporarily stored here before being taken by the fishermen to passing ships. The stones of the collapsed vaulted roof lie scattered around the ground within its walls.
At the top of the cliff and overlooking where the nets used to be was a make shift look out post. The structure is now gone and all that remains is a flat piece of grass that indicates where the structure used to be. This was used to look out for Seals which the fishermen used to shoot with a 303 rifle. A hungry Seal could cause considerable damage to the nets as well as eating many Salmon so were not well liked by the fishermen.