Shamrock and Thistle in Dundee Harbour

"Shamrock" and "Thistle" in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0907

The "Shamrock" was built on the Clyde for a pleasure steamer service on Loch Lomond and was originally named "Princess of Wales". She later went to the River Forth to run between Leith, Alloa and Stirling. She first ran on the Tay in 1886 as the "Albion".

After some time in Newcastle, she returned to Dundee as "Shamrock" in 1889, where she remained until 1909, when she was sold to London owners. Later sold to a French company, she was broken up just before World War I.

David Edwards was her captain in 1905. The "Thistle" (berthed behind the "Shamrock") was built in 1884 by D & W Henderson of Glasgow. Having a gross tonnage of 818, she measured 216.6 feet in length.

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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