The Busy Port of Whitby and the History of It's Harbour

Olympia, WA (PressExposure) April 27, 2012 -- There are many coastal tourist resorts in our country, several are down on the south coast, and other famous ones on the south east coast, but there's one resort with amazing scenery and that is the town of Whitby UK. Whitby is situated in a picturesque position on the coastline of North Yorkshire. Set in a natural harbour, it has provided a safe haven and shelter for numerous fishing vessels.

Whitby is a town rich in seafaring history. At one point in time it grew to become one of the most important fishing ports on the north east coast. Catches were landed here to be taken to the rest of the country and there was a thriving fish market.

Shipbuilding in Whitby has taken place over the centuries. The coal carrying vessels, known as the Whitby cats, were built here and it was one of the cats called The Earl of Pembroke which was refitted and renamed The Endeavour by the Royal Navy. It was this ship sailed by one of the town's famous sons, Captain James Cook, who mapped the coast of New Zealand and founded the country of Australia. In the mid 1750s the shipyards produced the whaling ships and Whitby played an important role in the whaling industry up until 1830.

The local area was very productive in the alum mining industry, an important commodity in the dyeing of cloth and the curing of leather. Formerly, the only place where alum was found was in Rome. A Guisborough man on a visit to Rome recognised the alum shale as the same as on his land and started to mine it. It provided an economic success for Whitby until the industry's demise in the mid 1800s.

Over the years there has been a decline in the number of full time fishing vessels taking to sea from their home port. The ice house is still in operation and some catches take place at the local fish market, but the industry has changed from the busy fishing port of long ago. Local boat building is still in evidence in the harbour and builds and repairs trawlers and fishing vessels for all parts of Great Britain.

Whitby has gained a reputation for its fishing party trips.There are a large number of licensed well equipped craft that will take fishing parties to sea. The majority are for a full days fishing but there are some who will take two or three hourly trips. Successful fishing trips off the Whitby coast often feature in many of the well known fishing magazines and publications. Each year there are at least two major fishing competitions which are well publicised and supported, if you look at What's on in Whitby . Wreck fishing off the Whitby coast are hugely popular with many of the fishing fraternity.

The harbour and the marina are home to many small pleasure craft owned by the locals as well as the visiting yachts. In addition to the private boats there are a number of licensed vessels which take passengers to sea on boat trips. These come in all shapes and sizes. An old lifeboat, a replica of The Endeavour, a speedboat and a coastal cruiser to name a few examples. Each can offer the fare paying passenger an opportunity to sail out of the harbour and out to sea. Often there is the opportunity, depending on the time of year, to see a whale or dolphin in addition to the scenic views of Whitby from the sea.

The harbour and the marina are said to be the lifeblood of the town of Whitby. It is certainly true that there is always activity along the harbour as it reaches out to sea and the harbour scene fascinates the visitors with its every changing daily life.

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