Scotland & the Sea

The Trustees extend to each and every benefactor of the Memorial their gratitude for the generosity which resulted in this truly remarkable tribute being erected.

The Memorial

The Memorial stands in a unique location on The Shore in Leith and was sculpted by renowned artist, Jill Watson.

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The Dolphin

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"Dolphin" was launched in 1882 as H.M.S. "Dolphin" and saw active service for the Royal Navy until 1906 when she became the Depot Ship for the submarine service based at Portsmouth. In 1912 she became the flagship for the Flag Officer Commanding submarines at Fort Blockhouse.

The Admiralty sold "Dolphin" in 1924 to Sir Donald Pollock and Lt. Comdr. J.M. Robertson. She left Portsmouth under tow for her voyage to Leith but encountered very bad weather in the Firth of Forth and was beached near Musselburgh only seven miles from her destination. Five months later she was salvaged and by 1928 had been re-fitted including panelling from the officers' quarters of H.M.S. King George V which was being scrapped by Sir Donald Pollock’s company Metal Industries. From 1928 "Dolphin" was used as a boys' club until 1944 when she was acquired by Leith Nautical College as its training ship. She was berthed in West Old Dock and latterly in East Old Dock.

T.S. "Dolphin" gave vital service to the Merchant Navy for 33 years until 1977 when she was demolished at Bo'ness.

Further Reading

The Sea Dominies – The Story of Leith Nautical College
by Iain Crawford (Published 1987)
Sea Breezes
by Professor Gordon S Milne (Published September 1999 Vol. 73 No. 645. - Also published in "Sudan Studies" – Number 39, January 2009.)