Early North Sea Fishing Grounds
The North Sea with an approximate area of 222,000 square miles was a vast area to explore for the pioneering fishermen of the 1840`s, but in these early stages of the Hull fishing industry vessel would not venture far away for several reasons. The size of the vessels and the ability to preserve the fish caught, where the main concerns.
The North Sea is approximately 600 miles in length from the Shetland Isles to the Straights of Dover. From the Shetland Isles to Norway it is an approximate distance of 360 miles. The North Sea then tapers down to the Straights of Dover with a minimum distance of 21 miles. as with the width the depth also decreases as the sea narrows been approximately 100 Fathoms in the North to 10 to 12 Fathoms at its narrowest point.
The most famous fishing area of the time was the dogger bank which was an approximate distance to its Western edge of 60 miles from Hull, this large fishing ground was 150 miles wide from West to East and almost 60 miles from North to South at its widest points.