In this earlier piece I discussed the ‘Jessie’ of Stornoway which my ancestors owned & sailed whilst plying the coastal trade around the islands & mainland of Western Scotland.
I have discovered another image of a two-masted cargo vessel in Stornoway that appeared in a catalogue of images published in 1893. It is to be found in the George Washington Wilson collection at Aberdeen University Library and is an extremely rare stereoscopic close-up showing the stern and deck of a cargo sailing ship working in Scotland towards the end of the 19th Century.
I cannot be sure that she is indeed the ‘Jessie’ but the photo provides the best image that I have seen of this type of vessel and allows one’s imagination to explore what it would have been like to sail such a ship, taking all kinds of cargo around these coasts and providing a vital service to island trade and communications.
This link will take you to the full details and clicking on the image will open a new page with a view that may be zoomed & explored revealing many fascinating details.
I wonder who the gentleman (usefully providing us with a scale to estimate the size of the ship, etc) is?