Dysart, Fife, Scotland
Along the Firth of Forth, the Fife Coastline has many ports and harbours. One time Fishing was king. Gas and Petroleum have become the principle cargoes.
Dysart is one of the oldest harbours. It is recorded in records dating back to 1450. Its importance to the local economy saw the harbour expanded and strengthened over the centuries. Fishing was of course for a time an important trade for Dysart Harbour. But its real economic importance was the export of the areas two principle products. Fife had an abundance of productive Coal Mines. It also was a Salt Producer of some size, from the many ‘salt pans’ along the Firth.
The export trade in both these mineral commodities produced a profitable trade across the Norths Sea to the European Low Countries. Return cargo was often Pantiles and bricks.
But times and economics change. Dysart soon became too small to handle the larger and faster ships that progress demanded, so its fortunes waned.
Today, Dysart makes use of its harbour mainly for leisure. A rugged harbour still offering safe sanctuary for those venturing out to the Firth of Forth and maybe beyond.
If you are venturing further afield or remaining local…..
Please Remember ….
Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other
(C) David Oakes 2021