Port of Leith

(Leith Harbour, Leith Docks)

Classification and Statistics

Built: 14th C.
Tourist Rating: No
Text of Entry Updated: 20-JUL-2017

Latitude: 55.9801°N Longitude: 3.1606°W
National Grid Reference: NT 276 769
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Extended Information
Christian Salvesen & Co. set up in Leith in 1872, initially as shipping agents but soon developed significant whaling interests. In 1907, they set up a base on the island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic which they named Leith Harbour. This grew to become the largest whaling station in the world, employing many men brought from Scotland. The whaling connection is remembered by an old harpoon mounted at The Shore in Leith.
References and Further Reading
Gifford, John, Colin McWilliam and David Walker (1991) The Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh. Penguin, London
Lang, Theo (ed.) (1952) The Queen's Scotland: Edinburgh and the Lothians. Hodder and Stoughton, London
Mowatt, Sue (1994) The Port of Leith: its History and its People. Forth Ports in association with John Donald, Edinburgh

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