Burntisland Ferry


Bryan Gourlay

Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Early 1950s

"It was most interesting to read the history of the Granton - Burntisland ferry.

I was on the ferry journey several times during the 1951 - 1952 period as a young boy.  My father sometimes took his lorry over from Granton, instead of Queensferry, depending on where he was going in Fife.

I can't remember too much about the Granton-Burntisland vessels, at that time, other than it was like being in a giant-sized, rusty sardine tin, held together by several heavy coats of paint.

Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland,  May 26, 2006

'The End'

The Granton Burntisland  ferries encountered a lot of problems during their brief operation in the 1950s.  Operation stopped  at the end of 1952.     -  Peter Stubbs:  May, 2006


Peter Shedden

Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland

Home at Old Broughton

"This all started when we lived where I was born, in No 4, Old Broughton, the old estate house at the end of Barony Street. It was at the Patersons Court, all part of the old Broughton village and was surrounded with the ruins of the old wall, still standing then.

To Granton

We would all go to the end of Barony Street, and get the tram car to Granton Square, and walk along the Middle Pier to the ferry.

The 'William Muir'

The 'William Muir' was the glory of Fife.  It was the great adventure and wonder to me as I was shown the mechanics of the engine room and the paddles that drove it.   So with ice cream cones and lemonade Fantas I was the bees knees"

Then a taxi to the house at the Low Bin,, Burntisland .  There we were for the summer, my father coming over on Friday to Sunday. So my granny, two uncles and their families and we all invaded the Kingdom of Fife, and all because the Ferry was so great to travel on.


Just last week I reminded my brother of the wee farm there where wee used to go and see if the hens were nesting in the hedge instead of the henhouse.

On the last day before going home to Old Broughton, my brother got an egg, and rushing to the boat put it in his school blazer pocket. In the middle of the Forth the old 'Willy Muir shuddered on the waves and Phil with his egg stumbled against the gunwales, and guess what? Yes, scrambled egg" and a discoloured blazer.

Return Home

I was  thrilled as the ships horn sounded as she did always did when approaching the Granton lighthouse. That crossing could sometimes be rough, I can tell you!

Peter Shedden, Kinghorn, Fife, Scotland:  August 22, 2006




Jess Sutcliffe

Jess Sutcliffe wrote:

Fairmile Motor Launches

"I believe that one or more Fairmile Type B motor launches (ex Admiralty) worked from Granton to Burntisland in the 1950s.  Do you have any info on these?"

Jess Sutcliffe:  July 4, 2010


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