Old Photograph Sea Captain Kirkcaldy Fife Scotland

Old photograph of a Sea Captain in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. The harbour in Kirkcaldy was acknowledged for having " a sheltered cove round the East Burn ", thus giving easy accessibility for boats. By the early 16th century the vessels of the harbour had begun to engage in trade with the Baltic; later dealing with the import of grain in 1618 and continental beer in 1625. A shipbuilding trade also existed on the site until this was phased out temporarily in 1645. As Kirkcaldy entered into the 19th century the harbour was catering for the growing trade of imports of flax, timber and hemp and exports of coal, salt and linen cloth, when a decision was made to build a new wet dock and pier from 1843 to 1846. The subsequent demands for linoleum and coal led to a further extension from 1906 to 1908 in the form of an inner dock.

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