Unidentified ship in Dundee Harbour

Unidentified ship in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0939

This photograph by Alexander Wilson shows two sailing ships in Dundee Harbour. The distinctive clock tower warehouse in the background is still standing (2000) near the main railway line from Dundee to Aberdeen.

The three masted ship in the foreground almost certainly came to Dundee with a cargo of jute, either from Chittagong (in what is Bangladesh today) or from Calcutta. She is sitting quite high in the water, so has probably been unloaded and cleaned.

The stern of a second ship (also most likely a sailing ship in Dundee on the same business) can be seen at the righthand side. Ships generally took a year for the round trip, with an average of 200 days at sea.

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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