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TITLE
Thurso Harbour, 1930s
EXTERNAL ID
CAITHHORZ_CAIMS_PHO184
PLACENAME
Thurso
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Thurso
PERIOD
1930s
SOURCE
Caithness Horizons
ASSET ID
790
KEYWORDS
harbours
piers
boats
rivers
Thurso Harbour, 1930s

A photograph showing boats moored in Thurso Harbour.

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, 1930s

CAITHNESS: Thurso

1930s

harbours; piers; boats; rivers

Caithness Horizons

Caithness Horizons

A photograph showing boats moored in Thurso Harbour. <br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: joannehowdle@caithnesshorizons.co.uk">Caithness Horizons</a><br />