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View from N Digital image of B 76477 CN

SC 794084

Description View from N Digital image of B 76477 CN

Date 21/8/1992

Catalogue Number SC 794084

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of B 76477 CN

Scope and Content Stornoway Harbour, Lewis, Western Isles, from north The harbour in Stornoway was begun around 1785. Piers and harbours were built at North Beach, Bayhead and Cromwell Road. According to Hume, the building of pier walls along river mouths, as at Stornoway, was an early way of making a harbour. In 1865, 1881 and 1890-4 new developments took place, and again in 1926-35 and 1947-51. In the late 18th century there were 30 boats fishing out of Stornoway. The fish caught included ling and cod, which were cured and sold for over £14 per ton. By 1898 there were 700 boats fishing out of Stornoway, but World War I caused great disruption because of the deaths of many fishermen. Today, fishing is still an important industry within the Western Isles, as can be seen by the large number of fishing boats moored at Stornoway. Lewis and Harris are both parts of the same island, collectively known as 'the Long Island', which is the most northerly in the Outer Hebrides. Together they are about 95km in length and around 32km at the widest point. Most of Lewis is quite low-lying, whereas Harris is mountainous. Stornoway is situated on the east coast of Lewis and is the only major town in the Western Isles. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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