Port Mulgrave

Port Mulgrave relatively recent photo by Mick Garrett

Here are some photograghs going back in time one from 1979 & one from 1968 these images were uploaded by David Richardson & not to be copied without his permission.

Below a drawing of how it was in it's hay day
Port Mulgrave Harbour 1911

History of Port Mulgrave

In the early 1850s Sir Charles Palmer opened his first ironstone mine on his coastal property at Rosedale Wyke. The harbour costing £45,000 was built within a year & was formally opened in 1857. It was built so iron ore could be cheaply transported, by sea, to Jarrow to feed Charlie & George Palmers blast furnaces on Tyneside which produced sreel for the shipyards. In order to avoid confusion with the Rosedale ironworks in the heart of the North York Moors, Palmer renamed his coastal property Port Mulgrave in honour of the Earl of Mulgrave, a prominent local landowner.

When the ironstone reserves at Port Mulgrave began to dwindle Palmer opened another mine a short distance inland at Grinkle. The ore was transported on a narrow gauge railway running over three wooden viaducts and through two tunnels to reach the harbour. In 1916 the Grinkle mine was connected to the nearby Whitby – Middlebrough railway and Port Mulgrave harbour was abandoned.

In 1934 the last of the machinery was sold for scrap and the remains of the wooden gantry accidentally caught fire and burnt down. At the start of the Second World War, the north pier wall was blown up by the Royal Engineers to stop any possible German invasion. Who needs enemies!

This link takes you to Mine - Explorer & a page by Simon Chapman with a wonderful old photogragh of the harbour busy with barges & tugs. http://www.mine-explorer.co.uk/view_picture.asp?id=22472
If anyone knows how to get hold of Simon please let me know as I can't get the email on his site to work & I don't want to use the photo without his permission.

Check out these amazing pics of the old tunnel by Phill.d.
I wouldn't advise going in the tunnel it's very dangerous. I use to go in when I was young & it wasn't safe then & I'm in my mid 40's now. I never went in as far as this though! He has taken these photos at great person risk. See more of the tunnel http://www.flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/sets/72157605736236124/
Old Tunnel Entrance
Deep inside the tracks still there

Picture below courtesy Don Burluraux
More info here
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Jurassic Port

Port Mulgrave is famous for being one of the most popular Jurassic sites in the UK. I have met people from many different countries down port fossil hunting. It is a site of special scientific interest & is now looked after and protected by the National Trust.
Courtesy of fiona.jennings1

To see more of her collection from Port you would need to join World Fossil Album it's free

If you are interested in fossils here is a link to the UK Fossil Network you don't need to join.

Memories of Port Mulgrave

The end of the pier brocken off
When I was young this pier was ok, it was solid. We used to jump off the end into the harbour mouth & swim around to the inside of the harbour & climb up the ladders that were there for the fishermen to get out of their boats. Our boat use to be moored at the last ladders before the harbour mouth.

We also used to jump off the outside of the harbour wall & swim round into the harbour. We also use to fish for flatties, catch dog crabs & peelers. It was great!

The 2 photo's above are courtesy of rikj http://www.mine-explorer.co.uk/view_picture.asp?id=18064

Here are some lovely shots by Shootin' the breeze http://flickr.com/photos/xplosive/sets/72157600227192224/show/with/502998439/

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