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Aberdeen Harbour with sailing ships
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Aberdeen Harbour with sailing ships

Historic Photographs
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Aberdeen Harbour with sailing ships
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Aberdeen Harbour with sailing ships
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Aberdeen Local Studies
Silver City Vault user Ed Fowler commented:

"I surmise this is taken from the old Inches side of the Upper dock before it was properly quayed and named after Provost Jamieson. The Inches side of this harbour was where some 5 shipyards and many sawmills existed till about the 1860's The building looks like the tall structure on the Cross Quay now Lower Market St at the Guild St end. Moored in front of it at the Dock corner near Market Street is the wooden sailing ship 'City of Aberdeen' built by John Duthie & Sons in 1862 which later collided with another ship in the English Channel when bound for Calcutta in 1883 and had to be towed into Portsmouth. It's Commander was Alexander H. Taylor, who got married in the year of the ship's launch. So the date of the photo date may well be around c.1872. The last launch from the Inches was in 1865 from William Duthies Yard. The camera viewpoint is hard to place but may be at the Regents Road end of the old Inches Slipways - there appear to be some temporary quay shorings and old rope cables on the shingle foreground and in addition, there is a beached Fishing Boat and a damaged dinghy."

User Stan Bruce commented:

"I believe this photo was taken in 1877, that's the date when the vessel 'City of Aberdeen' had her rig changed from a ship to a barque. She sailed to the Far East and Australia after this, and possibly never came back to Aberdeen."
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