Tain Museum Image Library

The Schooner
Tain Museum Image Library
The Schooner "St. Duthus"

The photo shows the Schooner "St. Duthus" at Great Yarmouth harbour. We don't know its complete history but for part of its career it was owned in Tain and captained by a Captain Shepherd, and traded along the East coast and to Baltic ports. We know that c 1901 it was owned by Mackay & Mackenzie, wood merchants, Tain, because a half share in the vessel was left by John A Mackenzie (died 1901) to his wife, Jane, in his will.

In 1903, it sank after a collision 100 miles NNE of "Spurn" (presumably Spurnhead). At the time of its demise it was owned by William Swanney, Kirkwall, so it must have been sold not long after John Mackenzie died.
Picture added on 11 November 2007
It belonged to my great-grandfather, William Swanney, commission agent in Kirkwall. It did sink in 1903, I believe on Monday 4th Feb. It was reported on Feb. 7th in the "Orcadian" newspaper that it had collided with a trawler, when the St Duthus was on a voyage from London to Bo'ness with a cargo of manure.
Added by Maureen Hunter (m.s. Swanney) on 27 April 2008
John and Jane Mackenzie were my husband, James Robert MacKenzie's, great grand-parents.
Added by Joyce MacKenzie on 09 February 2015
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