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The Witch of Slieu Whallian

It was Midsummer Day, and the Peel Herring Fleet, with sails half set, was ready for sea. The men had their barley sown, and their potatoes down, and now their boats were rigged and nets stowed on board and they

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Some Manx Folklore Notes on Fishing (part 1)

Superstitious as were the Manxmen whose occupations were on land, they were surpassed by the Manxmen whose occupation was on the sea. Proof of this is afforded by the following account of the superstitions of Manx fishermen: On May Eve,

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Joan Mere’s House & Well

Under the Chasms, on the shore, is a well near the sea. The salt water comes into it at high tide, but when it is ebbing the fresh water spring drives the salt water out of it, and the water

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Charlie the Cox

Four years ago, in a terrific gale, a ship from Norway, the St. George, came dead on the wildest part of our coast, the fierce headland that lies back of Peel Castle rock. The sound signal was fired and Charlie

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The First Bee

The old fishermen thought it very lucky to catch the first bee they happened to see in April. It was the sign of a good herring season, they said. I have seen men chasing the first bee they saw for

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Out of One’s Senses

When a man was out of his senses, he was sometimes carried out in a boat, and a rope was put about his neck, and then he was thrown out into the sea, and drawn after the boat, to see

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Near the Stack Rock

One winter’s night a large ship came into the bay, near the Stack rock. The look-out cried “Breakers ahead!” but it was too late. The vessel was pitched on the Stack, and the receding wave carried off all hands save

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Shipwreck 1822

In 1822, the vessel ‘Racehorse’ was lost off Langness on the Skerranes, about two miles out to sea. The night of the wreck was one of thick darkness, and there was a tremendous sea running. The vessel’s signals of distress

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The Three Wonders of Manann – The First

Nennius was a Welsh monk of the 9th century who is traditionally attributed with the authorship of the ‘Historia Brittonum’, the History of the Britons. This is a purported history of the indigenous British (Brittonic) people that was written around

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The Fairy Fleet

There are many fishermen here to this day that declare they have seen the Fairy Herring Fleet lying before their nets, with their lights upon the water and their buoys. They fully expected that when the day broke they would

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