Postcard

Granton Middle Pier

and Coffee House

Looking north along Middle Pier

LEFT TO RIGHT:  Offices, Western Breakwater and Harbour, Coffee House, Middle Pier, Eastern Harbour, Hotel

Postcrad  -  Granton Middle Pier -  Offices, Hotel and Coffee House

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Alastair McBeath, Granton, Edinburgh

 

Granton Harbour and Coffee House

Thank you to Alastair McBeath for sending me this postcard.

Alastair wrote:

The Postcard

"This picture comes from a postcard which has this on the back - 'Passed for publication by the Press Bureau 19/10/16'.  This is obviously a war reference.

Written on the back of the card is:

'Sending you this PC so as you can find our ship - see if you can find her by the time I come home'.

Indeed, there is a warship tied up on the Western Breakwater."

The View

"This shot shows a view of Granton Harbour with the old Granton Offices (on the left) and  Granton Hotel (on the right).

There is also a small single-storey building next to the Offices.

Is that the Granton Coffee House that appears in an 1881 photo from the book 'Our Children of Scotland and Nova Scotia'.  A copy of this photo can be found near the bottom of this page on the ElectricScotland web site."

Alastair McBeath, Granton, Edinburgh:  May 3+4+5, 2010

'The Ship Coffee House'

I think that the low building on the postcard above is likely to be the same building as in the 1881 photo in the book, 'Our Children of Scotland and Nova Scotia'.

The sign 'The Ship Coffee House' is not quite the same in the two photos, but the windows, door, chimneys of the low building, and backgrounds of the two photos, seem to match.

Peter Stubbs:  May 7, 2010

 

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Walter Lyle Hume

Cowes, Isle of Wight, England

Thank you to Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight who wrote:

1916?

"Yet another gem, with the Pharos (1909) at Lighthouse Pier!

Small query -  if it was 1916, ALL ships would have been  painted grey."

Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England:  May 7, 2010

Walter:

Do you think the answer might be that this postcard was published in 1916, but using an older photo?

Peter Stubbs:  May 7, 2010

 

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Walter Lyle Hume

Cowes, Isle of Wight, England

Thank you to Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight who added

1916?

"I've had a further look at the photo.  Most of the boats on the west side of Middle Pier are trawlers.

There was no fishing allowed from Granton in 1916.  The few older trawlers were permitted to fish in organised groups from Aberdeen, Oban and Ayr, until 1919."

Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England:  May 8, 2010

 

Leith

Leith School of Art

Around Edinburgh

 

 

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