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TITLE
Thurso Harbour
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0188
PLACENAME
Thurso
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Thurso
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32085
KEYWORDS
fishing boats
boats
sailing boats
vessels
harbours
Vikings
fishing ports
ports
Scrabster
steamers
postcards
Thurso Harbour

This postcard shows fishing boats and sailing vessels at Thurso harbour in Caithness. Situated at the mouth of the River Thurso, the harbour has been established here since the 900s, when the Vikings used it as a port and fishing base. At this time, Thurso was an important gateway to the mainland. The name 'Thurso' comes from 'Thorsa', meaning 'Thor's River' in the Norse language.

During the 1200s the Scots evicted the Vikings from the Caithness area, but Thurso continued to develop as an important fishing port. By the 1850s a new harbour was being built at Scrabster, to the west of Thurso, reducing the importance of the river harbour. However, the area around Thurso continued to develop, with steamer links to Orkney, Shetland, Oban and Leith

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Thurso Harbour

CAITHNESS: Thurso

1890s

fishing boats; boats; sailing boats; vessels; harbours; Vikings; fishing ports; ports; Scrabster; steamers; postcards

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows fishing boats and sailing vessels at Thurso harbour in Caithness. Situated at the mouth of the River Thurso, the harbour has been established here since the 900s, when the Vikings used it as a port and fishing base. At this time, Thurso was an important gateway to the mainland. The name 'Thurso' comes from 'Thorsa', meaning 'Thor's River' in the Norse language.<br /> <br /> During the 1200s the Scots evicted the Vikings from the Caithness area, but Thurso continued to develop as an important fishing port. By the 1850s a new harbour was being built at Scrabster, to the west of Thurso, reducing the importance of the river harbour. However, the area around Thurso continued to develop, with steamer links to Orkney, Shetland, Oban and Leith