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TITLE
Caithness, 1925 - Lybster Harbour
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CAITHNESS 1925-26_56001_011
PLACENAME
Lybster
DISTRICT
Caithness - Southern
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Latheron
PERIOD
1920s
CREATOR
Herbert Sinclair
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31853
KEYWORDS
harbours
Caithness, 1925 - Lybster Harbour

This is a page from a book of photographs of Caithness from 1925. It shows a picture of Lybster Harbour. Lybster is a village on the east coast of Caithness. Once over 100 boats sailed in and out of the harbour.
Lybster was the third largest herring port in Scotland after Wick and Fraserburgh.

Herring was a delicacy on the Continent and was caught relatively easily off the Coast of Scotland - off the East Coast during winter and spring, off the North Coast of Scotland and Shetland during the summer months and, in the autumn, off the Coast of East Anglia. At this time, there were as many as 30,000 vessels involved in herring fishing the East Coast, not to mention others in the Irish Sea. As the century progressed, the numbers continued to grow until the Scottish fishing industry became the largest in Europe.

Because herring was a fatty fish, it had to be cured as quickly as possible to prevent it rotting. At the peak of the Herring Boom in 1907, 2,500,000 barrels of fish (250,000 tons) were cured and exported, the main markets being Germany, Eastern Europe and Russia. In 1913 there were over 10,000 boats involved in the Scottish Herring Industry.

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Caithness, 1925 - Lybster Harbour

CAITHNESS: Latheron

1920s

harbours

Highland Libraries

Caithness 1925

This is a page from a book of photographs of Caithness from 1925. It shows a picture of Lybster Harbour. Lybster is a village on the east coast of Caithness. Once over 100 boats sailed in and out of the harbour. <br /> Lybster was the third largest herring port in Scotland after Wick and Fraserburgh.<br /> <br /> Herring was a delicacy on the Continent and was caught relatively easily off the Coast of Scotland - off the East Coast during winter and spring, off the North Coast of Scotland and Shetland during the summer months and, in the autumn, off the Coast of East Anglia. At this time, there were as many as 30,000 vessels involved in herring fishing the East Coast, not to mention others in the Irish Sea. As the century progressed, the numbers continued to grow until the Scottish fishing industry became the largest in Europe. <br /> <br /> Because herring was a fatty fish, it had to be cured as quickly as possible to prevent it rotting. At the peak of the Herring Boom in 1907, 2,500,000 barrels of fish (250,000 tons) were cured and exported, the main markets being Germany, Eastern Europe and Russia. In 1913 there were over 10,000 boats involved in the Scottish Herring Industry.