Wardie Bay

Looking North

across the Firth of Forth

to the coast of Fife and to the island of Inchkeith

September 2011

Looking to the north across Wardie Bay from where the Old Chain Pier once stood

  Copyright:  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                               Photograph taken September 29, 2011


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    Looking to the north across Wardie Bay from where the Old Chain Pier once stood


Old Chain Pier

The Photo

This photo was taken at very low tide in September 2011.***  This view looks to the north across Wardie Bay, towards the coast of Fife. 

-  The small tower at the end of the the pipe from Trinity Pumping station is on the extreme-left.

-  The island of Inchkeith near the entrance to Leith Docks is on the right.

-   Part of Leith Harbour Western Breakwater, close to Platinum Point and other recent housing developments, is on the extreme right.

*** LOW TIDES  Here, on the Forth, where this photo was taken the difference in height between high tide and low tide can be anything from about 2 meters to 6 meters.  When this photo was taken at about 10.30am on Sep 29, the height was 0.2m.  The previous high tide had been 6.1m.

Old Chain Pier

This photo was taken from where the Old Chin Pier once stood in the eastern part of Wardie Bay.

The Old Chain Pier bar in Trinity Crescent, overlooking the Firth of Forth,  was originally the Booking Office for steamers that sailed from the Old Chain Pier.  This pier was built in 1821, about two decades before Granton Harbour.  It was washed away in a storm in 1898.

The view in the painting at the bottom of this page looks to the east along the Firth of Forth to the Old Chain Pier.  The pier can be see to have been supported on three sets of wooden posts, built up from the Firth of Forth.

Pier Supports

The remains of the bases of a couple of the old supports, about a foot high, can be seen in this photo: 

 Old Chain Pier bar - September 2011

One is near the centre of the photo and the other is in the foreground on the right-hand side.

The Old Chain Pier

Firth of Forth  -  Between Granton and Newhaven

Painting of the Old Chain Pier

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Gordon Hay, Granton, Edinburgh


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