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Leith

Swimming

 

Recollections

1.

Ian Smith

Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland

Thank you to Ian Smith who wrote:

Victoria Baths

"I spent yesterday while it was 'gale force rain' outside going through the EdinPhoto web site again, but found no mention of the 'Vickies'. (Victoria Baths, Leith).  So here are some of my memories of swimming there.

Home and School

"I was born in 1949 and lived at the bottom of Bangor Road.  Then, when I was  around 4-years-old we moved to Easter Drylaw, as the scheme was being built around us.

We were bussed up to Flora Stevenson Primary School for a couple of years, while Drylaw school was being built.

We moved out to Gracemount for a while, then moved back into Henderson Gardens in Leith when I was around 9-years-old, in 1958.

After attending Dr Bell's Primary School, I was the only one out of a class of 35 who went on to Leithie (Leith Academy).  Others went to Bellvue or David Kilpatrick's, aka DK or the Daft Kids !!"

Swimming Lessons

"We moved back into Henderson Gardens, Leith, when I was around 8 years old.  Our local school was Dr Bell's.

When I was 9, my mum and I bumped into a neighbour (Jimmy Rutherford ) who lived up the stair.   My mum asked if he would take me around to the Vickies and teach me how to swim.   So, from then on, every Friday tea-time we went with him to Vickies.

Around same time we were sent into Dr Bells pool once a week. So within a short time I was starting to swim like a fish.

The Pool

Vickies was like the other pools:

-  25 yards long.

8 lanes.

7ft deep at the deep-end.

3ft deep at shallow-end.

-  Cubicles around side of pool.

-  Plunge baths upstairs.

-  Diving boards and a spring board.

-  Carbolic soap in chunks,

-  What seemed like boiling water coming through the shower.

Swimming Clubs

"Jimmy Rutherford suggested I join a club called Young Men's Amateur Swimming Club (YMASC).  I joined that because he had been a member there.

After a year, when I was about 10-years old, I moved over to Leith ASC.  Martin Bendix was the main coach there.  His 'day job' was being the 'hard hat diver' for Leith Docks.  i.e. he wore the heavy brass helmet, rather than SCUBA gear.

After a while it became evident that Leith ASC was promoting the Ladies' section.  By this time I was at Leithie (Leith Academy) and a met a couple of my classmates who were members of 1930 ASC, so I transferred to their clubs.  Names that I remember from our team there :

-  George Smith.

-  Gordon.

-  David.

We were all at the same school, so that meant that our school swim team was 'pre-selected'.

Junior Water Polo

"The club met on Monday and Friday nights.  The main fun was learning then completing at a high level in the Junior Water Polo team. Team members were George Smith, Gordon, David, and two others whose names I've forgotten.

1930 Junior Water Polo Team had David Hay senior and junior.  Both were Scottish caps in their day.Those of us in the Juniors won the East of Scotland Championship for some 6 years.  

David senior was main coach for the rest of us. So we had 1 hour dry-land weights training downstairs in the old club room, then 1 hour swimming training, then about 1 hour water polo training or a competitive match.

At Vickies, the clubs all met on different nights of the week:

-  Mondays:   1930 ASC.

-  Tuesdays:  Leith, Girls' Section.

-  Wednesdays:  Leith, Boys' Section.

-  Thursdays:  YMCA

-  Fridays:      1930 ASC.

After spending 2 nights a week in Vickies, then maybe 1 or 2 matches against other teams, it's no wonder that I was a wee 'skinny malinky'."

Ian Smith, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland:  13+25 November 2015

 

Recollections

2.

Ian Smith

Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland

Thank you to Ian Smith for writing again with more of his swimming memories.    Ian wrote:

Leith Amateur Swimming Club

Port of Leith Swimming Competition

"Back in the day, Leith ASC ran the Port of Leith Swimming Competition.  This was an open-water swim of 350 yards, swum off the eastern breakwater of Granton Harbour.

About half way along the breakwater was the changing room for the event, a concrete shelter.

Granton Breakwater  -  8 September 2002

 The swim was held around August.  You entered the water close to the 'beach', scrambling over the rocks into the Forth

Swimmers had a handicap time. So you set off at 10 sec intervals and swam along the outside of the breakwater. You ended with a clamber up the rocks and a vigorous toweling to get your self warmed-up.

Did I mention that the Forth was around 45F?  The event was held on a Friday.  As I was getting changed, I mentioned that I was heading up to Glenogle Baths for their Friday Night Club Session.  Martin Bendix chased me home to keep warm!"

Ian Smith, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland:  29 November 2015

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks