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Peterhead Harbour, South Harbour

Harbour (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Peterhead Harbour, South Harbour

Classification Harbour (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 131038

Site Number NK14NW 128.01

NGR NK 13700 45910

NGR Description Centred

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Peterhead
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Banff And Buchan
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Archaeology Notes

NK14NW 128.01 centred 1370 4591

South Harbour [NAT]

OS 1:2500 map, 1974.


Publication Account (2007)

South Harbour

This harbour was developed in the 16th century when a bulwark was built to provide shelter, but the configuration of the present harbour dates from improvements in the 18th and 19th centuries. Using Smeaton’s proposals of 1772, existing piers were rebuilt, the south and west piers were

constructed and the harbour was deepened under John Gwyn’s superintendence. By 1781 more than £6000 had been spent. Smeaton’s characteristic construction can still be seen at the back of the south pier.

Proposals by Rennie in 1806 resulted in the further deepening of the harbour and the construction of a return head to the west pier. In 1812 the quay walls along the north, east and west sides of the harbour were completed under Telford’s direction, and subsequently a proposal by Robert Stevenson in 1826 for a canal between the North and South Harbours was implemented to a design by his son David. Later 19th century improvements have not altered the general configuration of the early harbours.

R Paxton and J Shipway, 2007.

Reproduced from 'Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Highlands and Islands' with kind permission from Thomas Telford Publishers.


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