The Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre and its website were setup and are run entirely by local volunteers and public donations in order to save the amazing history of our town. Scarborough was the first seaside resort in Britainu but was also once the 5th largest herring port in the country. We built ships here that sailed the world and we are the birthplace of Edward Harland whose shipyard built the Titanic. The largest tuna fish ever caught were landed here and we had one of the first lifeboat stations in the country. Browse many subjects using the menus on the right, or type a specific topic into the search box. If you enjoy reading this website please think about becoming a member or donating via localgiving.com.
PLEASE NOTE: The Centre is now closed for re-location to new premises and will open again in January 2016 at 45 Eastborough.
Scarborough 2015 interesting anniversary dates this year
790 1225 Scarborough granted 40 oaks and tolls for 3 years on ships, for harbour repair.
763 1252 Henry granted patent for new Scarborough harbour of timber and stone.
762 1253 New liberties granted to Scarborough including a 45 day fair.
530 1485 Richard III made Scarborough a county with a new charter.
427 1588 Spanish Armada sailed up Yorkshire coast pursued by Sir Francis Drake.
413 1602 Scarborough society of ship owners, & master mariners formed.
350 1665 Scarborough’s Admiral Sir John Lawson died leaving £100 for Scarborough poor.
335 1680 Customs Quay appointed at Middle Sandgate in Scarborough.
283 1732 Scarborough Harbour Act to enlarge harbour.
278 1737 Scarborough spa wells lost in landslip.
240 1775 Scarborough Shipwrights Society founded.
236 1779 Battle between John Paul Jones and English ships off Yorkshire coast.
228 1787 1500 seamen registered at Scarborough.
199 1816 Unemployed poor used to excavate sand from Scarborough harbour.
193 1822 Scarborough West pier replaced two island piers.
183 1832 Scarborough Trinity House rebuilt.
170 1845 Railways reached Scarborough.
163 1852 First paddle steamer "Transit "arrived at Scarborough.
154 1861 Naked bathing was banned on Scarborough beaches.
144 1871 First telegraphic message reached Scarborough post office.
135 1880 huge storms wreck many ships along the coast.
107 1907 Scarborough reported as fifth largest port in country for herring landings.
100 1915 Scarborough Sea Scouts school started in St Thomas church.
75 1940 Scarborough’s Coronia evacuated troops from Dunkirk.