Aberdeen Maritime Museum is situated
on Shiprow next to the harbour, a short
walk downhill from the Tolbooth museum on Union
The museum gives information on
Aberdeen shipbuilding from 1811, and the
North Sea Oil and Gas Industry that began
from 1970 in the Aberdeen area
The harbour is now fenced off for
security. You can however take a Boat Tour
around the Harbour.
The Aberdeen Maritime Museum can be
visited throughout the year free of
charge. Postcode: AB11 5BY
Map for area Attractions
The image top is of the front of the three
buildings that make up the Museum with Provost
Ross's house right, former Trinity
Congregational Church left, and the new section
of the Museum with a glass front in the middle.
Provost Ross's House was built in 1593,
second oldest building in Aberdeen after
House built in 1545. The Aberdeen Maritime
Museum was opened here in 1984.
Aberdeen Maritime History
1136 - Fishing and Trading from Aberdeen
Harbour is first recorded when King David I of
Scotland granted the Bishops of Aberdeen the
right to charge ships using the harbour.
1811 - recorded shipbuilding begins with
almost 3,000 ships built in Aberdeen up to
1960s - fishing trawlers would be lined up
all along the vast harbour by the 1 mile long
Fish Market. Image.
Peterhead 31 miles north is now the main
fishing port in Scotland, with only a few
vessels still using Aberdeen.
1959 - Gas was discovered in the Netherlands
1965 - Gas was discovered off the east coast
1970 - BP discovered the massive Forties Oil
Field in the North Sea, 110 miles east of
The Oil was supposed to run out by the 1990s
as only about 30% of the oil from a field could
be extracted at that time. New techniques
developed in the North Sea such as slant
drilling and using pressure, allows up to 60%
of the oil to be taken from each well.
1992 - the last shipbuilders, Hall, Russell
& Co. Ltd. closed. This firm built many fishing
vessels, whaling ships, and cargo steamers.
Fishing out of Aberdeen was a huge business
from the 1890s.
During the two World Wars, they built
minesweepers, corvettes, frigates and more. The
last large vessel built at Aberdeen was the
St. Helena, a
6,700 ton cargo and passenger vessel. Aberdeen Shipbuilding.
1990s? - Aberdeen Harbour is fenced off for
1999 - Oil production in the North Sea
peeked at 2.6 million barrels per day.
2002 - the 110,000 tonne platform named
Maureen was the first large structure to be
2008 - 97% of Oil used in the UK came from
the North Sea.
2017 - production begins on Aberdeen Bay
Wind Farm with 11 massive Turbines, 2 miles off
the coast at Aberdeen.
2018 July - Power is produced from the Wind
Farm claimed to be enough to power around
The Wind Farm created more revenue from
ships using Aberdeen Harbour.
2018 - Oil production is around 1.6 million
barrels per day.
2018 - with new fields found and new ways to
extract more Oil from each well, an estimated
10 billion barrels of Oil are left in the North
Sea that can be extracted. 43 billion barrels
have been extracted over the previous 40