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Maud in Dundee Harbour

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"Maud" in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0866

Originally built by T. Tunbull and Sons of Whitby as a sailing ship (a wooden barque), the "Maud" was bought by William Adams of Broughty Ferry in 1883 and converted into a whaling steamer in 1886. She measured 116.7 feet and had a gross tonnage of 298.

This photograph by Alexander Wilson shows the "Maud" in King William Dock, the central holding point of Dundee's harbour (the other docks were the Earl Grey to the west and the Victoria). The rear of the Customs House can be seen behind the storage sheds.

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Maxwell in Dundee Harbour

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"Maxwell" in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0867

An iron three-masted full-rigged ship, the "Maxwell" was built in 1887 by T. Royden and Sons, Liverpool, for Johnston, Sproule and Co., also of Liverpool. She had a gross tonnage of 1856 and measured 269.1 feet in length.

Only one visit has been recorded for the "Maxwell" in Dundee. She arrived on 10th Junes 1890 from Calcutta with a cargo of 1800 tons of jute, having spent 147 days at sea.

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Middlesex in Dundee Harbour

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"Middlesex" in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0868

An iron full-rigged three-masted ship, the "Middlesex" was built in Glasgow by Barclay, Curle and Co., in 1884 for G. Marshall and Sons of London. She had a gross tonnage of 1824 and measured 268.4 feet in length.

The "Middlesex" made annual visits to Dundee from 1886 until 1891. She brought 1742 tons of raw jute from Chittagong some time in March (or once in February) after an average of 120 days at sea (the quickest voyage was 96 days, the longest 140).

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Middlesex in Dundee Harbour

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"Middlesex" in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0869

The "Middlesex" was built for G. Marshall and Sons of Londno in 1884 by Barclay, Curle and Co., Glasgow. An iron three-masted full-rigged ship, she had a gross tonnage of 1824 and measured 268.4 feet in length.

The "Middlesex" is known to have visited Dundee at least six times. Every year from 1886 until 1891, she brought 1742 tons of raw jute from Chittagong. She is seen in this photograph by Alexander Wilson in the Victoria Dock, most likely before unloading.

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Niger in Dundee Harbour

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"Niger" in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0870

This photograph by Alexander Wilson shows "H M S Niger" in Dundee Harbour in August 1897. According to the Dundee Courier and Argus, she left port in on 26th August.

Jane's Fighting Ships (1903 Edition) lists "H M S Niger" as an Alarm Class torpedo gunboat, built in 1892, with a gross tonnage of 810 and measured 230 feet in length. Her standard crew numbered 85.

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Niger in Dundee Harbour

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"Niger" in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0871

"H M S Niger" is listed in the 1903 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships as an Alarm Class torpedo gunboat, built in 1892. She measured 230 feet and had a gross tonnage of 810. There were normally 85 crew members.

She visited Dundee in August 1897, but no further information about the trip has been located. Armed with four three-pound guns and two 4.7 inch guns (each weighing two tons), she also had three 18 inch torpedo tubes.

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Lochee in Dundee Harbour

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"Lochee" in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0853

The "Lochee" was an iron three masted full rigged ship built in 1874 by Alexander Stephen and Sons of Dundee for D Bruce and Co., also of Dundee. She had a gross tonnage of 1812 and measured 264.2 feet in length.

The Dundee Yearbook records the "Lochee" bringing 12, 375 bales of jute from Calcutta on 24th February 1887 (having sailed for 121 days), 12, 604 bales from Chittagong on 13th January 1888 (after 113 days).

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Loch Garry in Dundee Harbour

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"Loch Garry" in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0854

The "Loch Garry" was an iron screw steamer, built by Gourlay Bros., of Dundee, for the Dundee Loch Line Steamship Co., Ltd., in 1880. She had a gross tonnage of 950 and was 210.3 feet in length.

The "Loch Garry" was a frequent visitor to the Baltic Sea, bringing flax from Riga and Libau for treatment and processing in Dundee factories. Visits to Riga are recorded in 1888, 1891 and 1896.

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Loudon Hill in Dundee Harbour

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"Loudon Hill" in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0855

An iron four masted barque, the "Loudon Hill" was built by Russell and Co., of Port Glasgow, in 1887 for J R Dickson and Co., of Glasgow. She had a gross tonnage of 2139 and was 283.4 feet in length.

Four visits by the "Loudon Hill" are recorded in the Dundee Yearbook. She arrived from with jute from Chittagong on 20th April 1888, 12th March 1889, 12th April 1891 and 18th April 1894. Her quickest passage was 115 days, her longest lasted 129 days.

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Loudon Hill, County of Linlithgow and Tilkhurst in Dundee Harbour

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"Loudon Hill", "County of Linlithgow" and "Tilkhurst" in Dundee Harbour - Ref: WC0856

Russell and Co., the Port Glasgow shipbuilders, built the "Loudon Hill", an iron four masted barque in 1887 for J R Dickson and Co., of Glasgow. Measuring 283.4 feet in length, she had a gross tonnage of 2139.

This Alexander Wilson photograph shows the "Loudon Hill" six days after her arrival from Chittagong, with the sea damage clearly visible. The other ships are the "County of Linlithgow" and the "Tilkhurst", who had been in port slightly longer.

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