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blackwaterfoot

I found this photo, just laying around in a Portland, Oregon, USA antique shop. It's an albumen print on mounting board. The small white printing at the bottom reads, "Blackwaterfoot, Arran, 10609 G.W.W." At first I didn't know where it was taken, but assumed it was in Great Britain. Email contacts quickly pinpointed it to the village of Blackwaterfoot an the Isle of Arran, in the Firth of Clyde of Scotland. The photo was taken by George Washington Wilson . Wilson was a major producer of "views" for sale in the second half of the 19th century. He operated out of Glasgow. Views were real photographic prints, of various sizes that people would buy to have a momento or insight into distant lands. Wilson produced over a million. This industry ended when offset printing made cheap photo reproduction possible in magazines, etc..

Albumen prints are rather glossy and very fine grained. Their detail is amazing. This print is 7 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches. The lifering on the large vessel identifies her as the Flora Murchie of Ardrossan. Using a 10x magnifier, I can just barely read that one of the small craft in the distance is the Ayrshire Lass, of Saltcoats, a town on the mainland. David Asprey of British Shipping.org was able to track down more information on the Flora Murchie. FLORA MURCHIE (ON 67491) was an 18 ton wooden smack of 40.4 x 13.8 x 6.0 ft built in 1872 by P Barclay & Son, Ardrossan for Peter Murchie & John Kelso of Auchengallen, Isle of Arran. She changed hands later within the island and survived for well over 50 years. (Her fate was not traced, but she was altered and reregistered in 1922).

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and here's a close-up of Blackwaterfoot.

I think the photo was taken from just above the 't' in Blackwaterfoot.

Here's a simple map of the Isle of Arran

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