The West Pier

Leith

The West Pier, Leith    -    Postcard     c.1905

Postcard - Holmes Real Photographic Series  -  The West Pier, Leith

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   Postcard - Holmes Real Photographic Series  -  The West Pier, Leith

 

The West Pier  -  Leith

The Postcard

This postcard appears to be part of 'Herald Series' and also part of Holmes Real Photographic Series.  It was posted in Leith in November 1912.  The impression from the heavy franking of the stamp can be seen in the sky, upper left.

The View

What is known about the two vessels in this view?  The paddle steamer appears to be in full steam.

The vessel on the left has a short name beginning 'BL...., possibly 'BLU...'

 

Question

The Ships

What is known about the two vessels in these ships?  The paddle steamer appears to be in full steam.

The vessel on the left has a short name beginning 'BL...., possibly 'BLU...'

Answer

The Ships

Thank you to Andy Hall for answering the question above.  Andy recently set up his Granton Trawlers web site to keep alive the memories of trawling from Granton

Andy wrote:

"The scene in this postcard is in Graeme Somner's book, 'Port of Leith & Granton'.

The vessel on the left is the steam paddle tug 'Blucher', built 1885 in North Shields but registered in Grangemouth at the time of this photo. Graeme states she was renamed to the less controversial 'Dundas' in 1914.

The other is the Lord Morton built at Hawthorns Leith in 1883.

Graeme estimates the date to be around 1905."

Andy:  August 24, 2007

The Date

I had estimated the date of this postcard to be 'around 1910?'

I'll settle for the expert opinion: 'around 1905'.

-  Peter Stubbs  August 24, 2007

 

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