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Latitude: 58.8959 / 58°53'45"N
Longitude: -2.9118 / 2°54'42"W
OS Eastings: 347557
OS Northings: 1001310
OS Grid: HY475013
Mapcode National: GBR M556.W9J
Mapcode Global: WH7CK.7NPP
Plus Code: 9CCVV3WQ+97
Entry Name: Pier, St Mary's
Listing Name: St Mary's Village, the Pier
Listing Date: 16 September 1999
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 393682
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46389
Building Class: Cultural
County: Orkney Islands
Electoral Ward: East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray
Traditional County: Orkney
1877, extended later. Long, low rectangular rubble pier, extended E at seaward end; chamfered concrete blocking course along E side; low, harled wall along W side with battered base; cemented surface; cemented slipway to E.
Constructed to meet the needs of the ever-growing herring fishing industry which had begun to peak circa 1829. By 1877, after many petitions for financial assistance, St Mary's finally obtained its deep-water pier where the herring catches could be landed. The booming trade, with accompanying increases in associated workers, was abruptly halted in 1914 when block ships were sunk across the fairway and Holmsound to protect the Grand Fleet in Scapa Flow from underwater German attack. Consequently, St Mary's lost its link to the North Sea fishing grounds and their associated wealth.