Unidentified ship in Dundee Harbour

Unidentified ship in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0936

Alexander Wilson, an amateur photographer from Dundee captured this image from the pier which ran southwards from the right between Earl Grey Dock (in which the ship is berthed) and the King William IV Dock (behind the viewer).

On the skyline (in the west), the clock tower of Dundee West railway station can be made out above the storage sheds, and the distinctive tower of Gilfillan Memorial church at the righthand end yard-arm.

The carved stone to the righthand side was the Royal Arch, a commemorative structure built in 1848 after Queen Victoria's visit to the city in 1844. The ship is relatively small, and was most likely used for whaling.

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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