Newlyn Fish Market - boats due to land.

Monday, 24 February 2020

'Gentleman' Jim Nixon 1950-2020


You don't happen to acquire the sobriquet, 'Gentleman Jim' for no good reason - Jim Nixon acquired that nickname as a mark of respect from fellow fishermen and others in the industry with whom he came into contact...



After fishing from Brixham and Plymouth Jim (middle) talking to Peter Neil (left) sailed with Newlyn longline skipper, Robert George (right) in the summer of 1978 to learn the ropes aboard the Scarlet Thread...



but they must have had one hell of a season because Jim went on to buy the boat the following year from Robert who then took command of the newly built seiner, Dew-Genen-Ny - both men putting their faith in seine netting as the preferred fishing method of the future...



mate aboard the Scarlet with Jim was Pete Bromley (now Plymouth Harbourmaster) the two of them seen here inspecting the exhaust...



of the Scarlet Thread, Jim continued to seine net and trawl from Newlyn in the 80s and early 90s until returning to commercial diving which took him all over the UK and well beyond on a wide range of jobs.  


One of the genuine good guys.




Jim Nixon passed away on Wednesday 5th February 2020 peacefully at home aged 69 years. Father of Katie, Kalim, Alexander and Justine and grandfather of Liam, Kaelyn, Henry and Alfie. The funeral service is at Treswithian Downs Crematorium on Monday 24th February at noon.