The metal fish, Tunny Sculpture by Ray Lonsdale, on Scarborough seafront is a reminder of the town’s big game fishing association, which started by chance in Scarborough in the 1930’s. The steam drifter Ascendent caught a 560-pound (250 kg) tunny (Atlantic Bluefin Tuna) in 1929 and a Scarborough showman awarded the crew 50 shillings so he could exhibit it as a tourist attraction. The sport effectively started in 1930 when Lorenzo “Lawrie” Mitchell–Henry, landed a tunny caught on rod and line weighing 560 pounds (250 kg). Soon after a gentlemen’s club, the British Tunny Club, was founded in 1933 and set up its headquarters in the town. Scarborough became a resort for high society big game fishing and the women’s world tuna challenge cup was held here for many years.
Colonel (and, later, Sir) Edward Peel landed a world-record tunny of 798 pounds (362 kg), capturing the record by 40 pounds (18.1 kg) from one caught off Nova Scotia by American champion Zane Grey. The British record which still stands to this day is for a fish weighing 851 pounds (386 kg) caught off Scarborough in 1933 by the same Laurie Mitchell-Henry.