Edinburgh Transport

Granton Square

and Western Harbour


Looking to the north across Granton Square towards Granton Western Harbour and Fife

   Reproduced with acknowledgement to the photographer, WAC Smith, Glasgow, and to Irwell Press, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales
This is one of the photos that appeared in 'An Illustrated History of Edinburgh's Railways' (WAC Smith + Paul Anderson)


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   Looking to the north across Granton Square towards Granton Western Harbour and Fife


Granton Square

Granton Square is about 3 miles NNW of the centre of Edinburgh.

Thank you to WAC Smith for allowing me to reproduce this photograph of the square, with its interesting collection of vehicles. The photo was taken on September 3, 1955, just over a year before the last of Edinburgh's trams were replaced by buses.

This view looks across the square towards Granton Western Harbour, with the cranes along the western breakwater.  A collier is berthed beside the breakwater, near the harbour entrance.

The tram is No.226, waiting to leave on route 14, and the bus is a Leyland single decker with an open rear platform.

The road leading towards the harbour (upper right) is Middle Pier.  It had a  station and the ferry berth.

The hills of Fife, about five miles to the north, can be seen in the background.

Here is another view of Granton Square, taken in the 1950s:

Looking down on Granton Square and across to Granton Harbour  -  possibly about 1950




Walter Lyle Hume

Cowes, Isle of Wight

Thank you to Walter Lyle Hume who wrote:


"Your collier at the West Pier was 'Pharos'.  She came out in 1955.  Alas this fine ship is no longer in being after running on to a reef in the Caribbean it was abandoned and left to the elements.

The berth used to be known as 'Lands End' .  It was a long walk!"

Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight:  March 16, 2008

Sale of 'Pharos'

Thank you to Walter for also sending me photos showing:

'Pharos' during Northern Lighthouse Board service.

'Pharos' at Leith, prior to sale.

'Pharos' renamed 'Amazing Grace' altered to suit Caribbean passenger cruises

'Amazing Grace' alter  running aground on the reef, around 2007.



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