Eclipse in Dundee Docks

"Eclipse" in Dundee Docks - Ref: WC0811

This photograph by Alexander Wilson shows the "Eclipse", a wooden 3-masted full-rigged ship, built at Aberdeen in 1867. She was bought by James Mitchell of Dundee in around 1892 from David Gray of Peterhead.

The "Eclipse" is seen berthed in the north-east corner of Dundee's Earl Grey Dock, with the Royal Arch immediately to the left and north. The long boats which can be seen at the foremast are stacked there presumably to save space.

Records in the Dundee Yearbook show that her main whaling destination were the Davis Straits, where she had an average catch between 1894 and 1898 of 35 tons of oil and three tons of bone.

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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