Survey and historical research
Local residents Michael Sharpe and Tim Negus first brought this unrecorded site to our attention. Working with Findhorn Village Heritage and the Nautical Archaeology Society, we had a fabulous weekend in July 2015 with 20 volunteers making a detailed record of the wrecks.
Findhorn Bay was a safe haven and winter port traditionally used by Moray Coast fishermen during the 19th century. The remains of many of the great wooden herring drifters can still be seen at low tide, where they were abandoned at the turn of the 20th century. It seems that the development of steam, and then diesel motor technology, changed the face of fishing in the early years of the century. As the old wooden sailing drifters became redundant, they were left on the shore where they'd been kept out of season. These charming photographs of children playing amongst the beached herring drifters were shared by a member of the local community and have been dated to summer 1913, confirming that these boats were not working during the herring season that year.
This fascinating site gives us an insight into how the fishing industry changed along the Moray Coast during the early years of the 20th century as new technologies developed and left the old traditional style of fishing boats behind.
Click on the image below to zoom in and explore a Gigapan created by Eddie Martin of the Findhorn Bay Zulus.