Unidentified ship in Dundee Harbour

Unidentified ship in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0931

This is one of several photographs by the Dundee amateur, Alexander Wilson, showing different vessels in various parts of Dundee Harbour. Unfortunately, he provided neither the name, nor the date, which would have helped identify them.

This image, in fact, shows two ships. The one in front is a steamship, which most likely was involved in the coastal freight business (coal was imported from Newcastle and the surrounding area and general goods from Liverpool and London).

The three masted barque behind was likely to have been involved in either the jute or flax business, sailing from the Indian subcontinent or the Baltic Republics (as well as Russia). The Royal Arch can be seen above the ships' bows.

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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