“Scottish ‘Fifies’ at The Dock End, Whitby”
These Scottish Fifies, so called after the part of Scotland from which they came, namely ‘The Kingdom of Fife’ are herring mules. They would follow the herring around the coast calling in at different ports, Whitby being one of them, where the herring catch would be gutted and salted, put into barrels then transported to the cities on the ‘fish trains’.
The two boats bearing the lettering ‘KY’’ are registered in Kirkcaldy. The boat in the centre is a ‘Zulu’ and has her nets drying on a spar rigged between the two masts.