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View from NE showing bauxite barges moored on N front of E dock

SC 796163

Description View from NE showing bauxite barges moored on N front of E dock

Date 9/1985

Collection John R Hume

Catalogue Number SC 796163

Category On-line Digital Images

Scope and Content Burntisland Harbour, Fife This view from the north-east, taken in September 1985, shows the wet dock completed in 1902 for coal shipment, with two 'dumb' (engineless) barges used for bringing bauxite into the harbour from bulk carriers anchored offshore. The crane is for unloading the bauxite from the barges. The British Aluminium Co Ltd established a factory in about 1913 to purify bauxite to produce pure aluminium oxide for conversion to aluminium metal in their Highland smelting plants. When the bulk carriers used to transport the ore became too large to enter the port, the barge system was introduced. Burntisland has had a harbour at least since medieval times, and it has been rebuilt on numerous occasions. It took its present form between 1876 and 1902 when it was adapted as a coal-exporting port by the North British Railway. It was also for many centuries a ferry port for services to the Edinburgh area. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

External Reference CT128

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/796163

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