Nile in Dundee Harbour

"Nile" in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0876

The "Nile" was an iron four masted barque, with a gross tonnage of 2163 and measuring 283.5 feet from bow to stern. She was built in 1886 by the Port Glasgow company, Russell and Co., for the Glasgow company, W Douglas.

This photograph by Alexander Wilson was taken about three weeks after the "Nile" had arrived from Calcutta with a load of raw jute for Dundee's jute mills. The voyage had lasted 163 days.

This was the vessel's second visit to Dundee, the former voyage having taken 154 days. Most of the jute was sold to W Cleghorn and Son, one of Dundee's main manufacturers. The hull has clearly been re-painted.

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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