eel-chest/eel-trunk

mO_ok

Senior Member
Lithuanian
Hello my dear fishermen friends,

I have a question about catching eels in the 50's. This question, of course, came from the book by Alan Hunter 'Gently Down the Stream'. Here inspector gently is visiting an old eel-catcher:

The eel-catcher sat on an eel-chest in front of his make-shift lodging. <...>
‘Yew be careful where yew’re comin – I got a pair of eel-trunks down there!’

My question here is this - is this contraption supposed to be used for the actual catching. i.e., like the pod, or just for storing the eels afterwards?
 
  • PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    just for storing the eels afterwards.

    OED:
    eel-trunk n. (see quots.).

    1877 E. Peacock Gloss. Words Manley & Corringham, Lincs. Eel-trunk, a box with holes in the sides, in which eels are kept alive till wanted for the table.

    (I assume the holes are very small.)

    You cannot sit on an eel trap1 (by virtue of the way that they are made: they are usually cylindrical and made of netting or wickerwork.)

    1at least, not a British one.
     
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