Recollections - 1
Thank you to Grant King, Aberdeenshire, for his recollections of
Granton Harbour from the 1950s to the 1970s.
The Last Northern
Waters Fishing Fleet
moved from Edinburgh to an old
railway house just outside Brechin in the 1980s, after having
had the fortune or misfortune to be made redundant from the last northern
waters fishing fleet out of Granton. At the time it was Boyd.
It was William Liston in a former life.
It was a sad
occasion to see the harbour run down and the fishing fleet disassembled.
Granton up until then had been home and work for most of my family."
"At one time, at Granton all of
these members of my family were working at Granton as crane drivers
or taxi drivers.
- Peter King (my
- Ian King (my father)
- Hugh King (my uncle)
- Robert King (my uncle)
Jimmy King (my uncle) must have
been the black sheep of the family as he worked in Lieth Docks.
"My father (Ian King) was a crane driver based
at the middle pier, Granton Harbour. He was always kept busy between
landing fish, lifting sail boats in and out of the water and working on
the last extension that was built which allowed the 'heavy lift' boats to
dock and load equipment from Bruce / Parsons Peebles.
coal crane the was situated at the end of the middle pier was said to be a
great piece of engineering - not that my father would have agreed.
He was a capstan operator at one time and whilst working capstan that
pulled the coal waggons on to the weighing machine, the line parted and
hit my father in the face.
He was extremely lucky that he only required a
couple of stitches to a cut on his nose and cheek.
"It was interesting to read the accounts of
Rockchime as this was an
insight into my families history.
If I am guessing right the captain of the Rockchime
who was my grandfather, Peter King. I only knew him as the
manager / foreman of the West Pier.
Hugh King, my uncle ran the taxi business along with
also being a crane driver from the little wooden shack that was at the top
of the middle pier. My grandfather may also have started the taxi
Grant King, Aberdeenshire, now working in Trinidad:
October 23, 2006
Recollections - 2
Thank you to Darney Devlin, grandson for telling me about the Granton
trawling business of
T L Leishman, his grandfather, and for also making this mention of
Martin's Boat Yard
Boat Yard was a small yard at the southern end of Granton Western
Breakwater. Boats were
launched from the beach beside the yard into the harbour. The
boatyard came to an end when it caught fire, possibly around the
mid- to late-1960s."
Darney Devlin: November 2006
I don't know whether or not it was in fact used for that purpose.
Perhaps you know, and will
e-mail me to tell me. - Peter
Stubbs, December 16, 2006