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TITLE
Wick Harbour at herring fishing season
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0235
PLACENAME
Wick
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Wick
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32134
KEYWORDS
harbours
fishing industry
fishing fleet
fishing boat
postcards
harbours
quays
piers
fisher women
fisherwomen
herring girls
Wick Harbour at herring fishing season

This postcard shows Wick Harbour at herring fishing season, with barrels of salted herring by the quayside.

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

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Wick Harbour at herring fishing season

CAITHNESS: Wick

1890s

harbours; fishing industry; fishing fleet; fishing boat; postcards; harbours; quays; piers; fisher women; fisherwomen; herring girls

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows Wick Harbour at herring fishing season, with barrels of salted herring by the quayside.<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