Trawlers and Ferry

at

Granton Harbour

Trawlers and the Granton-Burntisland Ferry

View from Middle Pier, Granton  -  Photograph taken when?

Trawler and Ferry at Granton Harbour  -  When might this photo have been taken?

Reproduced with acknowledgement to Alistair McBeath, Granton, Edinburgh

 

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  Trawler and Ferry at Granton Harbour  -  When might this photo have been taken?

 

Trawlers and Ferry at Granton Harbour

Thank you to Alistair McBeath for allowing me to reproduce this photo from his collection.

 It is a view from Granton Middle Pier, looking to the NE, into Granton Western Harbour, where two trawlers are moored and the Granton-Burntisland ferry passes behind  them.

Granton Eastern Breakwater and the island of Inchkeith can be seen in the background.

Acknowledgement:  Alistair McBeath, Granton, Edinburgh:  March 23, 2010

Questions

Alastair tells me that there is no photographer's name on this photo.  If you know who might have taken it and/or when, please email me.

Thank you.      -  Peter Stubbs:  March 28, 2010

 

Comment

1.

Walter Lyle Hume

Cowes Isle of Wight, England

Thank you to Walter Lyle Hume who wrote:

Trawler and Ferry at Granton Harbour  -  When might this photo have been taken?

Trawlers

"The trawler on the inside of Inchmickery is Inchgarvie GN30 which was scrapped 1953.  Inchmickery was scrapped 1954.

The Ferry

"The ferry in the background is the Eriskay which was sold to India and left Granton 1954.

This gives a reasonable indication of date the photo was taken.  My own guess would be between 1951 and 1952."

Acknowledgement:  Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight: March 29, 2010

 

Comment

2.

Archie Foley

Joppa, Edinburgh

Thank you to Archie Foley who wrote:

Trawler and Ferry at Granton Harbour  -  When might this photo have been taken?

The Ferry

"The ferry in the picture is the Eriskay, one of four converted tank landing craft operated by Forth Ferries Ltd on this route in the early 1950s.

The service began with great enthusiasm in 1950 but early success soon evaporated; the company ran into financial difficulties and closed the service in 1952.

As teenagers my friends and I made a number of excursions into Fife using them and my recollection is that the vessels were not suited for the job.  I remember a number of collisions with the harbour wall when attempting to berth at Burntisland when the weather was less than perfect."

Acknowledgement:  Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh: March 29, 2010

Comment

3.

Forbes Wilson

near Guildford, Surrey, England

Thank you to Forbes Wilson who wrote:

Trawler and Ferry at Granton Harbour  -  When might this photo have been taken?

The Trawler

"It looks, to me, like a faded '36' rather than '30' on the bow of the trawler on the inside of Inchmickery.

Might it be 'GN36 Commandant' or 'GN36 River Earn'?  Perhaps Walter can advise."

Forbes Wilson, near Guildford, Surrey, England:  March 31, 2010

 

Comment

4.

Walter Lyle Hume

Cowes Isle of Wight, England

Thank you to Walter Lyle Hume for giving a quick reply to the question in 3 above.  (I only added Recollections 3 to the web site about an hour ago!)

Walter wrote confirming that the trawler moored inside Inchmickery in this photo was not either of the two 'GN36' trawlers suggested by Forbes.

Trawlers

" 'GN36 Commandant' was sunk on April 2, 1916 by a mine off the Sunk Light Ship.

'GN36 River Earn' was sunk December 19, 1939 by German aircraft off Wick."

Acknowledgement:  Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight: April 3, 2010

 

Comment

5.

Forbes Wilson

near Guildford, Surrey, England

Forbes Wilson replied:

The Trawler

"Many thanks to Walter.

On the right of the trawler picture you can clearly see the G before the curvature of the bow fades to what I assume would be the N. 

On the left of the picture, having enhanced and enlarged the area, Id say that the number is definitively 36 and not 30.

Were there any other GN36s after the 'Commandant' and 'River Earn'?"

Forbes Wilson, near Guildford, Surrey, England:  March 31, 2010

 

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