Conquest and Lass o' Gowrie in Dundee Docks

"Conquest" and "Lass o' Gowrie" in Dundee Docks - Ref: WC0791

"Lass o' Gowrie", a 41-tonne iron paddle steamer, was launched at South Shields by J. T. Eltringham in 1883, and registered for D. Edwards of Dundee in the same year. She had a gross tonnage of 128 and was 106 feet long.

She was used as a pleasure steamer by the Dundee and Perth Steam Packet Company, and, having been sold on to a Weymouth company in 1889, was still in service in 1929.

The "Conquest" was initially registered at Alloa and came to Dundee in 1890. Since this photograph by Alexander Wilson clearly shows the Alloa number AA36, rather than her Dundee signum DE36, the picture probably dates from that year.

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.

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