Sailing Model Yachts

Where and When?

See Answer 1:  The Pond at Inverleith Park

Sailing Model Yachts  -  Where and When?

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to John Stirling, Currie, Edinburgh:  November 6, 2009                            Photographer not known


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   Sailing Model Yachts  -  Where and When?


Sailing Model Yachts

Old Photo

Thank you to John Stirling for allowing me to reproduce this photo.  The photo is taken from a collection of lantern slides that John rescued from being destroyed in 1974.  The photographer is not known.

Some of the other slides from this series are known to have been taken between about 1910 and 1920.

When and Where?

Is it Inverleith Park?

If you can suggest when and where this photo might have been taken, please email me.

The location may be the south side of the pond in Inverleith Park.  This was a popular place for sailing model yachts for many decades.  The slope of the land looks about right, and there are railings where (if it is Inverlieth Park) the path ran along the south side of the pitch and put course.

There are now mature trees lining this path, but perhaps they were still to be planted when this photo was taken almost a hundred years ago.

Perhaps other photographs of the detail on the side of the pond in Inverleith Park might help to identify whether or not this is the location.

Peter Stubbs:  November 22, 2009




Danny Callaghan

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Thank you to John Danny Callaghan for sending me a reply, a couple of hours after I added this photo to the web site.

Sailing Model Yachts  -  Where and When?


Danny wrote:

Inverleith Pond

"I would say, for sure, that this picture was taken at Inverleith Pond.  If you look at the second picture on this page of the Edinburgh Model Boat Club web site, you will see the launch pier from the other side."


"I used to go to the pond in the 1950s and I am sure there used to be rowing boats for hire.   The pond was created in 1898 and has been used by the Edinburgh Model Boat Club since then."

The Boys

"The boys look as if they could be Cubs.  Or could they be from one of the private schools in the area? - Not Fettes, as they have striped blazers.

They look too well dressed for local kids.  All have their socks  up, and the shoes of the boy with cap are not those of a working class kid, for sure."

Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  November 23, 2009




Walter Lyle Hume

Cowes, Isle of Wight

Thank you to Walter Lyle Hume who wrote:

Inverleith Pond

"For my pennyworth, it looks like Inverleith, looking north."

Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight:  November 23, 2009




Douglas Beath

Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

Thank you To Douglas Beath who wrote:

Inverleith Pond

"It's unmistakably near the north-west corner of  Inverleith Pond and early in its life, judging by the rough grass on the hill and the not yet grassed slope of the excavation."

Concrete Pier

"I remember that concrete 'pier' well.  I can remember, as a lad, laying face down, looking into the water. I fell (or was I tipped?)  in!"

Douglas Beath, Burnie, Tasmania, Australia:  November 23, 2009




George T Smith

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Thank you to George T Smith who wrote

Inverleith Pond

"The pictures recovered from the glass plates look to me as being of the 1920s  or even 1930s,  judging by the clothes worn, especially those of the boys.

It must have been a good schools as their knee socks were worn up to the knee, rather than turned down to the ankle. The adult clothing such as collars and ties does show a mixture of styles and dates however."

George T Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada


Where is it?

Around Edinburgh