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Book your ferry to Jersey and visit St Helier & Plemont which are just two of the fantastic places Jersey has boasting fantastic coastal scenery and secluded coves to breathtaking sandy beaches not to mention some of the best recorded water quality in the united kingdom.

Plemont, situated on the north coast has a reputation as Jersey’s most beautiful beach. Plemont is a sheltered sandy cove, its golden sand is covered at high tide, but when the water retreats, pools with sandy bottoms are exposed – ideal for young children to play in. Alternatively, Green Island is a favourite local beach on the east of the island.

St. Helier is the centre of shopping in Jersey. The main streets - King Street, Queen Street, Bath Street and Halkett Street provide an eclectic mix of high street stores, small boutiques and local gift shops. Many of the retailers offer low duty free prices on goods such as jewellery, photographic and electrical goods.

Venture further afield, to areas such as St. Brelade, St. Aubin and Gorey where you will find a selection of shops and garden centres.

Jersey History

Jersey boasts to have a fantastic local history featuring superb historical sites set against breathtaking scenery which is truly fascinating and complex history stretching back thousands of years. Its very landscape - Norman style farmhouses, narrow winding lanes, small fields and French street names.

From the parapets of Mont Orgueil Castle to the gentle sweep of the bay beyond, it's hard to imagine a more peaceful and tranquil island. Yet the Jersey landscape and the character of its people are forged by centuries of battles, exploration, struggle and reinvention - leaving behind a unique legacy of history, culture and heritage.

Jersey Maritime Heritage

Here's a fascinating insight into the Cod Fishing Trade of Jersey which is a great piece of maritime history

During the 17th century both Guernsey and Jersey boats took equal shares in the Newfoundland cod trade. However, from the 1690s Guernsey's share began to diminish as they began to concentrate on other maritime activities so that by 1760 the cod trade was of more importance to Jersey than it was to Guernsey.

Until the late 18th century fishing was essentially a seasonal activity carried out by the migratory Jersey fishermen between late February and October when they returned to their farms. Cod live at depths down to 600 metres. In the summer they move into shallower waters closer to the coast to spawn and feed on smaller fish. In Newfoundland the cod fishing season was between mid-May and mid-September.

The original method was to fish from the boat by long lining over the side and the cod were then processed onboard the ship. The establishment of shore bases meant that the curing process could be done more easily onshore. The boats went out and brought their catches to shore virtually everyday. When this happened sac boats were dispatched loaded with trade goods and salt to buy up the fish and bring them back to the European markets. This appears to have begun about 1680.

In the Gaspé, fishing was carried out from double ended, two masted schooner-rigged barges about 25ft' long, manned by two men and capable of holding 7-8 quintals of fish. These left shore every dawn to sail to the fishing ground where they anchored and used handlines dropped to about 300 ft. Each hook had to be baited individually with herring, smelt, squid or sand eels (which also had to be caught daily) each cod then had to be disengaged by hand. The barges then returned in the afternoon and were offloaded by smaller boats called flats. These barges and flats were often owned by the Companies and crewed by a seasonal labour force of Canadians.It took about five weeks to prepare the dried salted cod.

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April 21, 2024
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