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TITLE
Landing Herring at Wick
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0114
PLACENAME
Wick
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Wick
PERIOD
1940s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32004
KEYWORDS
fishing
herring
boats
boat
ships
ships
fishermen
harbours
postcards
Landing Herring at Wick

This postcard shows herring being landed at Wick.

In 1768, Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster built a quay at Wick in order to promote the town as a herring fishing centre. Progress was made with the intervention of the British Fisheries Society, harbour improvements made by Thomas Telford in 1810 and the building of an additional pier in 1831. The industry reached its peak between 1860 and 1890, when as many as 1000 boats were based at the harbour.

The fishing boats employed around 6000 fishermen and provided work for an additional 6000 workers, including women who gutted, salted and layered the herring.

Failure to attempt to conserve stock contributed to the herring being fished out by the early 1900s. By 1930 less than 30 fishing boats remained at the harbour

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Landing Herring at Wick

CAITHNESS: Wick

1940s

fishing; herring; boats; boat; ships; ships; fishermen; harbours; postcards

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows herring being landed at Wick. <br /> <br /> In 1768, Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster built a quay at Wick in order to promote the town as a herring fishing centre. Progress was made with the intervention of the British Fisheries Society, harbour improvements made by Thomas Telford in 1810 and the building of an additional pier in 1831. The industry reached its peak between 1860 and 1890, when as many as 1000 boats were based at the harbour. <br /> <br /> The fishing boats employed around 6000 fishermen and provided work for an additional 6000 workers, including women who gutted, salted and layered the herring. <br /> <br /> Failure to attempt to conserve stock contributed to the herring being fished out by the early 1900s. By 1930 less than 30 fishing boats remained at the harbour