HISTORIC TAR BOILER FOUND AT TORR POINT PDF Print E-mail

During an NSA organised walk on Torr Point a structure identified as a ‘tar boiler’ was discovered in the undergrowth. Report and photographs follow below:

It has been used to boil tar for treating/preserving the fishing nets used nearby in the 1900’s. A team of volunteers organised by NSA Ranger Ian Brown returned on 2nd October 08 and cleared away the foliage to reveal the structure. It is hoped that further discussions between interested parties may result in it becoming a feature of the walk and a descriptive board being erected at the location. Photographs courtesy of Sally Hinchcliffe an NSA Volunteer. Other volunteers were Lyn Warwick, Magnus Ramsey, Margaret Mullet who were assisted and kept fed by Marion Makins and Nancy Aitken from Auchencairn History Society.

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Before clearance work.


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Margaret Mullett, Magnus Ramsey and Ian Brown clear the tar boiler.

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Tar Boiler revealed - Lyn Warwick (front) joins photo.