Ref: 17-29 *
Ref: 17-29 *

“Scottish ‘fifies’ at New Quay, Whitby”

These two herring mules moored against the New Quay in Whitby upper harbour are ‘fifies’, so called after the part of Scotland from which they came - namely ‘The Kingdom of Fife’.
The fifies would follow the herring shoals around the coast calling in at different ports, Whitby being one of them. The herring catch would then be gutted and salted, put into barrels then transported to the cities on the ‘fish trains’.

Ref: 17-29 *

“Scottish ‘fifies’ at New Quay, Whitby”

These two herring mules moored against the New Quay in Whitby upper harbour are ‘fifies’, so called after the part of Scotland from which they came - namely ‘The Kingdom of Fife’.
The fifies would follow the herring shoals around the coast calling in at different ports, Whitby being one of them. The herring catch would then be gutted and salted, put into barrels then transported to the cities on the ‘fish trains’.