WELCOME

…to the SeaGrown Centre - the home of SeaGrown, Britain’s first large-scale offshore seaweed farm onboard 'Southern Star' here in Scarborough Harbour with café, bar, and visitor centre.

  • CAFÉ

    Our café aboard Southern Star is open for hot and cold drinks and snacks with deck and quayside seating areas.


    Using only freshly-ground triple-certified coffee and proper Yorkshire Tea, you can be sure you’ll be starting your day off right at the SeaGrown Centre.

  • BAR

    We are now opening later in the evenings and serving alcoholic drinks from our fully-licenced bar on board with a selection of draught beers and local ales.


    With panoramic views across the harbour and South Bay, there’s no better place to relax in good company and watch the sunset behind the town!

  • VISITOR CENTRE

    A space packed full of information and images where you will be able to learn more about our operations here on the North Yorkshire coast and the benefits of seaweed for the environment, industry, and you.

HISTORY

Southern Star was built in 1973 in Newcastle, Australia.

Since then, she has worked worldwide, including as a supply vessel in the Great Barrier Reef, a survey vessel in the Falkland Islands, and even in anti-piracy operations!

She has earned her name and we are very proud to have her here to support our work.

RENOVATION

Southern Star had been lying on a berth at Clydebank in Glasgow for several years before she showed up on SeaGrown Director, Wave Crookes’ radar.

She was in a sorry state and needed a full overhaul of all seven engines onboard which was completed by specialist engineers. Her two main propulsion engines were manufactured by Kelvin in Glasgow and are now something of a rarity – amazingly they were restored by the same talented engineers who originally worked on them back when they were apprentices!

Much of the bridge equipment was updated, with new navigation equipment, radars, radios and of course a fully refurbished and adjusted magnetic compass.

She was first moved to a shipyard on the Isle of Bute and onto the dry dock where a team worked tirelessly to meticulously check every square centimetre of the hull, fixing every imperfection and section of corrosion before the hull was painted in the rich SeaGrown signature navy blue you see her in now.

Cabins were removed on the upper deck to begin construction of the café and visitor centre onboard. At the same time, the cargo hold was cleared out and other internal areas were modified to house our seaweed hatchery and onboard science laboratories.

She then returned to Clydebank for a series of checks and surveys in order to certify her as a seaworthy ship. Successfully completing these, a crew of six climbed aboard, she slipped her moorings in Scotland for the final time and began a four-day passage back to Scarborough where she sits now in her permanent home in the harbour.

It was a monumental effort to bring her home but an effort that was absolutely worth all the blood, sweat, and tears. We are incredibly proud of our little ship and we hope you will enjoy spending time onboard as much as we do!

THE JOURNEY HOME

We spent four days on passage from Clyde Bank to Scarborough. The route took us right through the Hebrides, past the Isle of Skye, right across the northern coast of Scotland, before turning south and heading back along the east coast and arriving in Scarborough to berth Southern Star in her new home here in Scarborough Harbour.