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Granton Harbour



Crew of a Granton Trawler  -  Blue Bell

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Granton Harbour


This colour-tinted postcard of Granton Harbour is in the same style as many that were published in the early 1900s.

This card is described as 'Waverley Series'.  I have seen other 'Waverley Series' cards published by Brown & Meikle'  but there is no publisher's name on this card.  The card has not been sent through the post.  It has a divided back so must have been published in 1902 or later.

The View

This view looks down from Granton Road towards Granton Eastern Harbour.

Granton Western Harbour is in the background, and the houses on the extreme left are in Lower Granton Road, close to Granton Square.

Please e-mail me if you know what the open ground in the foreground was.  Was it part of Devlin's yard.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  June 30, 2007


Lower Granton Road

Before 1910

Thank you to Douglas Beath, Tasmania, who replied:

"The scene shows no tramway poles in Lower Granton Road so it is no later than early 1909 when Leith Corporation extended electric trams to form the Granton Circle".

Douglas Beath, Tasmania:  July 1, 2007


T L Devlin's Yard

Thank you to John Stevenson, who replied:

"That certainly is where T L Devlin's yard was."

John Stevenson, Trinity, Edinburgh:  July 1, 2007


Lighthouse Ship

Before 1910

Walter Lyle Hume, who has been researching the ships of the Northern Lighthouse Board wrote:

"The Lighthouse ship on the east side of Middle Pier in this photo is the 1874 paddle, PHAROS, which was replaced by the twin screw PHAROS in 1909.

The  old PHAROS was sold to Brazil and moved to Glasgow 1911, prior to hand over.  The sale fell through, so she was used as an accommodation vessel on the Clyde by the Royal Navy; also as an accommodation vessel during construction of Burntisland Shipyard from 1919 until 1923, when she was sold for scrap at Grangemouth.

I hope this helps narrow date of postcard."

Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England:  July 3, 2007

Thanks for your comments Walter.  From what you and others have said, the date of the postcard appears to be some time between 1902 and 1909.

- Peter Stubbs:  July 3, 2007.