“Staithes and Cowbar Beck”
This view of Staithes is taken from the North looking up Cowbar Beck.
We can see in the foreground four cobles that in Staithes were more generally known as ‘ploshers’. Fishing with nets was then called ‘ploshing’.
Staithes was a prosperous fishing centre in the middle of the 19th Century when around four hundred fishermen sailed out of the port in more than one hundred vessels ranging from cobles to yawls. When the railways came, three special trains a week were needed to transport the fish to inland markets.