Tantallon Castle

"Tantallon Castle" - Ref: WC0911

Considerable doubt surrounds this photograph, which forms part of the Alexander Wilson Collection in Dundee Central Library. The "Tantallon Castle" is shown here near Elie, possibly after leaving Leith, and picking up on the Fife coast, en route to Aberdeen.

Lloyd's Shipping Register for 1900-01 lists a steel ship called "Tantallon Castle", built by J Scott and Co., of Kinghorn (Fife), in 1899, and owned by the Galloway Steam Packet Company, registered at Leith.

The vessel had a gross tonnage of 393 and measured 210.1 feet in length. When Tsar Nicholas II visited Scotland in 1896, the "Tantallon Castle" took the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Connaught from Leith to greet him.

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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