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Aberdeen Harbour

Historic Photographs
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Aberdeen Harbour
Historic Photographs
Aberdeen Harbour
An early 20th century postcard showing Regent Quay and the Aberdeen Harbour Board Office. A Great North of Scotland wagon is also visible.

The prominent location of the new 4-storey Harbour Offices overlooked the Upper and Victoria Docks and the nearby Regent Bridge.

The building was designed by A. Marshall Mackenzie of the Matthews & Mackenzie architectural firm. It was built between 1883 and 1885. In addition to the Harbour Offices the building included warehouses for wholesale merchant, Messrs C. & A. Johnstone.

See the Aberdeen Journal of 19th November 1884, page 5, for an extensive description of the building as it neared completion.

The construction of the Italian renaissance style building followed the introduction of steam trawling to Aberdeen in around 1882 and the subsequent harbour boom. The building replaced an earlier Harbour Board office, which newspaper articles indicate was near the foot of Marischal Street.

One outstanding feature of the new building is the attractive clock tower. At the time of construction it was described as the only tower in the city with a granite dome. The expense and final form of the tower was a subject of great debate.

The Aberdeen Harbour Trust Port, modern successor to the Harbour Board, occupies the building to this day.

The buildings to the left of the Harbour Offices were demolished in the second half of the 20th century during an extension to Virginia Street.
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