Darney Devlin, grandson of
the founder of the TL Devlin's Trawler Owning business at Granton explains
how that business worked with Brown, blacksmith at Middle Pier, during
World War 1.
the War, the blacksmith's son, Archie Brown, went on to own several
Trawlers operated by Carnies from Granton
Player's Garage and Taxi Service, at the foot of Dundas Street
Granton Ice Factory.
Archie Brown had a 1914-18 Motor Launch which
he converted it to paraffin engine and used on the Clyde. I was
sailed with him on this launch on the Clyde several times.
On one occasion, Archie Brown arrived at my
school, Edinburgh Academy, with my suitcase fully packed, and persuaded
the Bursar that it would be good for me if he allowed me to go sailing
with him that day rather than remain in the school. The Bursar
agreed to this."