First established as a business in 1136 by King David 1st of Scotland, Aberdeen Harbour is, according to the Guinness Book of Business Records, the oldest existing business in Britain, with a history that has spanned almost 900 years.
With such a rich history, we are continually learning the port’s incredible story and how, amid a backdrop of important world events, it has evolved into a state-of-the-art, world class facility.
First established as a business in 1136 by King David 1st of Scotland, Aberdeen Harbour is, according to the Guinness Book of Business Records, the oldest existing business in Britain, with a history that has spanned almost 900 years. It is only when we map this history against the development of Aberdeen itself into a busy and vibrant city, and against a backdrop of important world events, that we can truly appreciate the port’s incredible story, and its transformation in to a modern, state-of-the-art facility.Read More
The harbour has played an intrinsic role in the commercial success of the city that grew up around it over the past 881 years.Read More
Thousands of people gathered at the Harbour on July 1, 1909 to witness the world-famous magician and escapologist Harry Houdini dive into the chilly water whilst chained and handcuffed.Read More
One of the most famous ships built in Aberdeen Harbour was the Thermopylae.Read More
Alistair Mackenzie talks about the designer of the Girdleness Lighthouse, the now-celebrated Robert Stevenson.Read More
The Girdleness lighthouse was of a state-of-the-art, ground-breaking design.Read More
The loss of the whaleship ‘Oscar’ became a story handed down through the years.Read More
On 1st April 1813, events unfolded that had a dramatic impact on the whole community.Read More
2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the first oil company, Shell UK Exploration, contracting the services of Aberdeen Harbour, and few people would have been able to predict, as they visited the harbour at that time to marvel at the “strange looking vessels with their drilling derricks and helicopter platforms” that the port would be transformed over the next fifty years as a result of these humble beginnings.Read More