Pengwern in Dundee Harbour

"Pengwern" in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0883

The "Pengwern" arrived in Dundee Harbour on 23rd July 1889, having spent 145 days at sea, transporting a cargo of jute from Calcutta. An iron three masted ship, she was built by Russell and Co., of Greenock, in 1882 for the Liverpool company, D W Davies.

She had a gross tonnage of 1648 and 256.1 feet in length. This photograph by Alexander Wilson records the only recorded visit of the "Pengwern" to Dundee, lying on the north side of the King William IV Dock.

The bow of the "Nile", a four masted barque built in 1886 for W Douglas of Glasgow by Russell and Co., of Port Glasgow, can be seen to the right. She brought jute to Dundee on at least two occasions (1888 and 1889).

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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