Trainees at TS Dolphin
with acknowledgement to John Leith. The
photographer: See comments in 'Recollections 1' below
to John Leith who wrote:
Trainees in 1967
"This old photo
is of myself whilst doing my training on TS Dolphin at Leith in
1967. I am on the back row,
"I think the
photo was taken by one of the Catering Tutors a Mr Joahannson.
Both the Tutors who took the course appeared to be elderly at the
time so doubt very much if they would still be alive.
If my memory
serves me right the Catering course ran from October 1967 until Feb
"I joined the
Port Line straight after finishing the course. The lad in the
centre row far left joined the same ship as me for our maiden voyage
on board the 'Port St Lawrence'. It was a 10 month trip.
He was Henry Mackay from Bathgate.
I also remember
that a new ship, 'RFA Engadine', was being built for the Royal Fleet
Auxiliary by Henry Robb at Leith. Six members of our course
put their names forward for its maiden voyage and all were taken on.
It would be great
to hear from any of my old class mates."
John Leith, New Zealand: August 18+19+19,
Reply to John
If you remember John and would like to send a message to him,
email me, then I'll pass on his email address to you.
Peter Stubbs: October 13,
Here is a photo of the
training ship, TS Dolphin. The photo was taken in Leith Docks,
possibly around 1950.
John Leith wrote:
"The Dolphin was a great old wooden ship which
certainly taught me some valuable values that have served me well over the
I served my 9 years with Port Line /Cunard."
John Leith, New Zealand: August
Alastair C Forsyth
Thank you to Alastair C Forsyth who wrote:
"I've now made contact with John Leith, New
Zealand, who wrote Recollections 2 above.
John has been in contact with Henry McKay (middle row left) from Bathgate
,so the picture is beginning to evolve and names and places are filling the
I've been away for a few days so, if you give me
some time, I'm sure we will manage to give you some names.
I was born in Leith, and my mother and her
family were Newhaveners (Combe/Hutchison) so my connection to the coast is
Alastair C Forsyth, Rothienorman,
Aberdeenshire, Scotland: 12 November 2015
A brief History of
Leith Nautical College
Leith Nautical College was
originally founded as Leith Navigation School in 1855. It was based
in several buildings in Leith in the 19th century.
In 1903, it changed its name
to Leith Nautical College and moved to new premises in Commercial Street
Leith in 1903.
By 1974, the college had over 2000 students, but it came under threat
as Britain's merchant fleet reduced in the 1980s. It eventually
closed in 1987.
details above are taken from a fuller history of the college that can be
found on the