John Rushton MBE (1927-2013) was a local historian & founding member of the SMHC. He carried out extensive research into the town and port. The eleven 'position papers' that follow show that work. John was in his 80s when he wrote these with failing eyesight and health so there are spelling and grammer mistakes.  They were intended as idea papers with a goal of producing a book about the amazing maritime heritage of Scarborough . We still hope to do that one day when time allows. 

Scarborough Port and Harbour Research Project - 2011

A preliminary document has been drawn up outlining what is known on these subject areas.This draws on many secondary. sources and a few primary sources.

1.)House properties in the Underlciff Quarter of the borough of Scarborough

2) Location names, past and present, in the same area

3) Coastal names withn he boundaries of  the Corporation of Scarborough

4) Structures, serving Scarborugh harbour., 12th- 21st centuries.

5) Organisations serving the harbour.or functioning there. “”

6) Functions served by the harbour, (including fishing and fish processing,  migration, servicing, fuelling  and repairing shipping, “haven of refuge”,collection of   revenues, servicing leisure craft (marina, Pleasure cruisers), trade (fish, wool,  timber, cargoes, malt, coal  etc). production of train oil, salt, red herring, sailcloth,  ships and boats;”nursery of seamen”, hosting and victualling fishing vessels from  many ports.etc.etc)

7) Harbour crafts and trades.

8) Development of “the first seaside resort” on the coast west and south of the  Harbour, its transformation 17th-20th century and its influence on the harbour,

including the structures and organisations involved.

9) A preiminary list of sources of primary documents on harbour history

The next step is to identify, locate, and acquire copies of primary source material, to extend our growing records and to  develop the harbour research project. There is material at Scarborough Corporation (Harbour Masster etc etc), North Yorkshire County Record Office, York Minster Library,the Borthwick Institute of Historical research, Trinity House Scarborough, local Estate agents, Scarborough L:ibrary and elsewhere.

What is not being focused on , at the moment as part of this project .(although SMC is doing work on this separately) is

1) Shipping families and their history

2) The changing experience of  fishermen and mariners 

3) Detailed records of harbour users, fishing boats, ships etc

John Rushton

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