Richard Porter in Dundee Harbour

"Richard Porter" in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0897

This photograph is something of a mystery in that no vessel called "Richard Porter" appears in Lloyd's Register for that date, yet contemporary newspaper reports state that she was in Dundee, but sailed six days before the given date.

The Dundee Advertiser reports her arrival on 20th May at the King William IV Dock, having brought 140 tons of kainite (a salt-based fertiliser) and 20 tons of straw from Hamburg. She sailed again on the 9th with a cargo of coal tar for Koenigsberg.

On the arrival list, her master is given as Peaplow, while on the departures, it is Pieplo. The latter is more likely. Alexander Wilson's photograph shows the wooden brigantine in the north-west corner of King William IV Dock, near the Royal Arch.

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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