"Piers were constructed at
Granton and Burntisland Harbours, each 5 ft above Spring High
Tides. On the eastern side of
each pier was a slipway of gradient '1 in 6'.
platforms 65ft long and 21ft broad were laid on four balks of
timber 14ins square, on the slipways, to enable railway wagons
to be loaded and unloaded onto the ferries at different states
of the tide, without the use of cranes."
"The Leviathan makes 4 or
5 double trips o a day and it can take from 30 to 34 wagons at
a time. The time occupied in making the single trip is
about 26 minutes and the operation of loading and unloading
takes an additional 5, or 8, minutes.
During the six months
from Feb 1st to July 31st 1860, the number of trips made was
1,546, equal to 8,503 miles and the number of waggons carried
The rate for the carriage
of minerals and other heavy goods is one shilling per ton.
The opening of this work has been the means of introducing
into Edinburgh the coal from Fife which before was unknown in
Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers: 16 April 1861,