Pengwern and Craigburn in Dundee Docks

"Pengwern" and "Craigburn" in Dundee Docks - Ref: WC0799

The "Pengwern" was built by Rossell and Co., of Greenock, in 1882 for the Ship Pengwern (Ltd), managed by W. Thomas and Co., in Liverpool. She was a three-masted iron ship which visited Dundee with jute from Calcutta in July 1889.

The "Craigburn" was a four-masted barque with a gross tonnage of 2065 and 289.7 feet in length, which also brought jute to Dundee from Calcutta. She was built by W. B. Thompson (of Dundee) at the Park Shipyard in Glasgow for R. Shunkland and Co.

Listed in Lloyd's Register as a four-masted ship, the vessel is seen in this Alexander Wilson photograph set up as a barque: the alteration to the rigging was quite common practice to cut down on work and crew numbers, but altered performance very little.

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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