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HMS Dolphin passing St Abbs Head with some local inshore fishing craft
HMS Dolphin (1882) was a screw sloop launched in 1882. She served as a submarine depot ship in WW1 She foundered in 1925 but was beached then salvaged and used as a school ship in Leith. She was broken up in 1977. I did my 'Carering Boy' training in her , straight from school in 1956.


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Upon leaving the Army after WWI my Grandad was a docker in Leith, Edinburgh. And one side of my family comes from Leith.


The Leith Docks warehouses are still intact but most have been coverted into shopping units and accommodation. The shoreline has changed a bit with new apartment blocks being built, shopping malls, restaurants etc. But the heart of Leith still remains the same. As does Leith Walk...apart from the monstrosity at the top, St James Shopping Centre.


I have many happy childhood memories staying with my Granny and Grandad in Leith.


All the best,





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