Edinburgh Photographic Society Outing

The Union Canal



Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  Wednesday Evening Walkabout to the Union Canal in the 1990s  -  at Corstorphine

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The Union Canal

Edinburgh Photographic Society held Wednesday Evening Walkabouts, visiting different areas of Edinburgh for photography, for for many years in the 1990s and earlier.  This photograph was taken on one of these outings to the Union Canal.

This photograph was taken about a mile to the west of the Port Hopetoun in the 1825 engraving  below.


Engraving in 'Old & New Edinburgh'  -  Edinburgh Castle from Port Hopetoun  -  1825




David Ford

Thank you to David Ford for emailing me to let me know that he recognised himself on this photo that I took on the Union Canal in the 1990s.

David is standing on the stern of his canal boat 'Frances Ann', with his back to the camera.


    Barge on the Union Canal at Craiglockhart  -  Photographed during an Edinburgh Photographic Society Outing in the 1990s

David added:

Canal Boat

"Our boat 'Frances Ann' was used for school trips, pond dipping etc., during the day.  During the evenings it was used as a bar restaurant, berthed at Harrison Park."

Delivery to Harrison Park

"Here is a photo of her being delivered, prior to launching on the canal at Harrison Park (in 1988, if memory serves me well).

Canal Boat about to be launched at Harrison Park on the Union Canal in 1988

I believe.  We caused quite a stir.  My daughter Wendy is in the foreground with the champagne, ready to smash it on the hull. Sadly, due to my late wife's illness I had to sell the boat."


"I'm now retired and spend most of my time writing.  Anyone who remembers me or the 'Frances Ann' is welcome to get in touch."

David Ford:  April 3+6, 2012

Reply to David?

If you'd like to send a reply to David Ford, please email me, then I'll pass on his contact details to you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  April 8, 2012


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