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The port of Teignmouth, in existence since the 13th century, remains active, mostly handling clay, timber and grain.

The railway arrived in 1846 and the pier was built 1865–7.Documents indicate that Teignmouth was a significant port by the early 14th century, second in Devon only to Dartmouth.During the 17th century, in common with other Channel ports, Teignmouth ships suffered from raids from Dunkirkers, who were privateers from Flemish ports.by the late horrid invasion there were within the space of 12 houres burnt downe and consumed 116 dwelling houses ...and also 172 dwelling houses were rifled and plundered and two parish churches much ruined, plundred and defaced, besides the burning of ten saile of shipps with the furniture thereof, and the goods and merchandise therein ...

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