Supported by National Historic Ships UK, Garvel Road, Tarbert, Strathclyde, UK
Coastal Towns along the West Coast of Scotland were a very different place in the 19th and 20th centuries. Back then, many harbours would be filled to the brim with herring fishing boats, and the harbourside bustling with activities such as fish curing, and preparing for market.
The herring industry was incredibly important to Scotland; it provided work for thousands of men and woman, and herring was a crucial source of protein for many families.
At its peak in 1907, Scotland’s herring industry was the largest in the world, which at its peak exported over 2.5 million barrels of herring