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Scarborough Maritime heritage centre - historical data and articles

Please send any interesting stories or articles or photos - contact our webmaster at hairybobby2000@yahoo.co.uk - There are over 80 articles on this site written by eight different authors. They feature ancient Scarborough history (mostly written by Scarborough Historian John Rushton), articles on epic lifeboat rescues, family histories, U-Boat attacks, and trawler history (relying on George Westwoods archives).


•Was there a Roman port at Scarborough : By John Rushton
• A great storm - A great tempest in the 1100's at Scarborough.
Scarborough History : A very general history covering the Civil war,collier trade,Norman Castle,Seaside resort By John Rushton
•Scarborough church tithes of fish
• Scarborough ships in 1336 - : A list of ships in the port
• The Port of Scarborough - : Merchant shipping and trade in the 15th century
• Mediaeval monasteries - Scarborough fish as a food in Yorkshire monasteries
•Early fishermen- The wills of two early fifteenth century fishermen in Scarborough.
•Shopping in scarbough - Luxury shopping in scarborough
• A Scarborough merchant - Early historical material on Scarboroughs maritime trade
•Wars in Scotland and France - Wars fought in local Scarborough waters during the early 16th century
•Tudor mariners - The fortunes of the Bedome family in the time of King Henry V111 at Scarborough
• Scarborough Coal trade - Newcastles monopoly on coal in Elizabethan times
• Sir Martin Frobisher - The Yorkshireman's visits to Scarborough
• The case for a Navy in 1577 - - Why was the Navy needed
• Scarborough Cargo - 1643
•Master mariners in Scarborough - A list from 1665
•Coals from Newcastle - Scarborough's trade in coal down the north east coast
•Scarborough colliers : The growth of the collier fleets and Scarborough harbour growth
•Shipping ironstone in Scarborough - A forgotten industry along the Yorkshire coast
• Scarborough ships in the Baltic - the 18th century
•A Harbour Quarrel - Exploring real life in scarborough's maritime history
•Smuggling in Scarborough - smugglers along the Yorkshire coast at Scarborough, Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby
•Scarboroughs Heyday of Inns,smuggling and illicit stills
• Scarborough seafront - a list of businesses in the old town
• Scarborough shipbuilding : A list of ships built in the 1800's
•Scarborough Industries - corn factors,fishmongers, timber merchants, rope & twine makers, Sail cloth manufacturers and more
•Scarborough Captains and Owners - Some famous names in scarborough shipping and their trade
•Scarborough Harbourside A description of the quayside at the turn of the 20th century
•The Coupland and the Amelia - The loss of the lifeboat Amelia in 1861
•Huge storms - The October 1880 storms and the Scarborough Lifeboat
•Sailors graves - Graves in St Marys and Filey Churchyards
• Battleships visit Scarborough - The Royal Navy proves a major attraction for visitors
•Scarborough anchorsmiths - The earliest recorded anchorsmith and where he obtained his raw materials
•World War One - The war receives enthusiastic support from the people of Scarborough
•U-Boats - German submarines sunk 11 Scarborough Trawlers in one night in 1916
•U-Boat U57 Log book - A translation of the German commanders actions on the night 11 Scarborough trawlers were sunk in 1914
•The Lord Collingwood - epic story of a Scarborough crew cast adrift after a U-Boat attack in the First World War
•The German U-Boats North Sea campaign - Some information on U-Boats in the First World War
German Bombardment of Scarborough - German battlecruisers fired 500 shells into the town in perhaps the most important single event in Scarboroughs history.
History of U-Boat attacks : U-Boat actions involving Scarborough trawlers in the First World War by Arthur Godfrey
•Mines destroy 3 Scarborough trawlers : Mines which sank Scarborough boats in 1920


• The earliest Scarborians - showing scarborough's rich maritime heritage
• The kings rents - Payment of kings rents in scarboroughs port
•Scarborough Spa - The early experience of Scarborough's spa waters
•Scarborough Bathing - descriptions of Scarborough's early spa bathers
•Sandside Longroom - A dancing hall for the tourists
•John Parkin - The story of a sailmaker turned bailiff
• Life in Scarborough - descriptions of real life events such as hangings and shipwrecks
•Scarborough in the 1820's - descriptions from John Coles diary of the resort
•Gristhorpe man - The phrenological study of Gristhorpe man in victorian times
• North side Landslip - A landslip in 1880

THE YORKSHIRE COAST - mostly by John Rushton

• Yorkshire Coast Timeline - Maritime heritage events
• Havens on the Yorkshire Coast - The development of North east coast inlets such as Staithes,Whitby, Filae and Scarborough
•Flamborough Head - Instructions to dutch sailors fishing for herring along the east coast in the 1600's
• Saltburn - Henry Peases love of the tiny hamlet turned it into a thriving resort.
• Redcar - The fortunes of the Red Lion pub
• Coatham - A forgotten haven
• Old Filey - A Journal entry describing a climb up the cliffs in 1779.
•Paying rent in herrings - Whitby
•A whitby will - A rich man with a conscience
•Holderness Beacons - The early warning system for preventing the spanish armada invading England
•Canals around Scarborough (discussions amongst traders in the late 1700's)
•Filey - The development of Filey. The first tourists and settlers
•What mariners brought back - some relics in Scarborough and in Whitby's Pannett Museum
•Sea coal - Trading of coal along the yorkshire coast
•A Filey hurricane - the worst day in Fileys short history as the entire fleet of yawls is almost wiped out in 1860.
• Lifebelt experiments - Tests on a new life buoy in 1861
•THE RNLI - The national organisation
•Bloodhound trials - a description of Ravenscars bloodhound trials
•Emigration to the new world - Emigration to the New World from the Yorkshire coast
•A week in the Whitby Lifeboat - A terrible tragedy and a gallant rescue.
•The Dogger bank incident - The Russian navy open fire on Hull trawlers in 1904.
•Rohilla - The hospital ship wrecked off Saltwick Bay.


•Newspapers - Historical sources readily available at Scarborough Library
•Bibliography - A list of historical sources for Scarboroughs maritime heritage
•Timeline - A timeline of Yorkshire coast history

If you wish to write your own historical article then many sources are available at Scarborough Library. Local newspapers go right back to 1839 on Microfilm. Its really not so difficult. This site is open to articles written by everyone. Personal accounts are a rich source of maritime heritage. They bring to life the world of the fisher people. If you want help and advice on writing articles then contact our webmaster at hairybobby2000@yahoo.co.uk or phone 07790979067.

None of the articles or contents of this webite are necessarily representative of the views or opinions of the SMHC committee or its members. Any individual can submit an article and they are not necessarily edited for content or opinion by the SMHC team.