History of fishing on display

A POTTED history of Herring and Tunny Fishing in Scarborough is on display.

After the last success of the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre’s exhibition about the launching of the Titanic, the volunteers have now opened their new Herring and Tunny fishing display.

The industry played an important part in the maritime history of Scarborough with the famous “Scarborough Fair” being related to the huge herring catches in bygone days.

Fishermen would follow the herring from the Shetlands down the East coast, stopping off at various ports en-route, including Scarborough.

The Tunny Anglers season coincided with that of the Herring.

In contrast to the hard work of the Herring fleet, Tunny (or Tuna) Fishing was to become a rich man’s sport from the beginning of the early 1930s until the late 1950s. The sport flourished so much that the Tunny Club of Great Britain was established in Scarborough’s Sandgate and attracted the rich and famous.

One of the heaviest Tunny ever caught in UK coastal waters, weighing 851lbs, was landed in Scarborough.

A life-size image of the catch will be on display at Scarborough’s Seafest event later this month.

Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre’s new display looks back at the town’s history and will be open from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm through July and August with the exception of July 16 and 17 when the Centre’s contents are moved to the West Pier for the Seafest exhibition tent.