‘Drifter’ is the name of our new run of organic cotton t-shirts. What we now more often refer to as sardines, were historically more often called ‘pilchards’. Pilchard boats would set out to sea, sometimes after shoal-spotters hollered when the silvery fish were seen off shore. The exact practice of sardine fishing varied around the UK, but generally, the larger, boats would use ‘seine’ nets, and smaller boats would opt for ‘drift’ nets. These nets were shot at dusk to drift with the tides; the fishing boat attached to one end of the row. These fishing boats, often small sailing vessels, became known as ‘drifters.’
Sardines were pressed for their valuable oils, and the fish were then salted for sale. Cornish salted pilchards, for example, were exported as far afield as Rome! 
The Fishermen’s Mission white T-shirts are printed on Ethical Stanley & Stella Unisex t-shirts with water based ink. Grab your Fish Mish t-shirt today, and take a snap while you’re wearing it to be featured on our social media channels!
Design: Fish Mish tin sketch – printed on the left chest and full back of t-shirt.
Printed using Navy water-based ink.
Each purchase helps support fishermen, women, and their families across the UK; through everything from mental health problems, bereavement, and financial stress.