"Beryl" in Dundee Docks - Ref: WC0781
The "Beryl" was part of the Dundee Gem Line Steam Ship Co.'s fleet of steamers, which regularly transported flax and hemp from the Baltic countries for processing in Dundee's factories.
She was built by W. B. Thompson of Dundee, and had a gross tonnage of 1190 and an overall length of 234 feet. Her voyages are recorded in the various issues of the Dundee Yearbook, with regular ports of call including St Petersburg and Riga.
This Alexander Wilson photograph shows steam from the exhausts in front of the main mast (which is also set up for sails). The ship was sold to Greece in 1910, though she was registered in Romania. She was lost in the Great War.
Alexander Wilson who took this photograph, was a supervisor in a Dundee jute mill for over 20 years. He bequeathed much of his collection and £50, to cover the costs involved, to the Free Library Committee of Dundee in 1923.