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The Aberdeen Lime Company was established in 1837, with company vessels generally carrying coal, lime and manure. Sailing vessels, such as 'Smithfield', also transported granite setts to London. These, covered with heather and wood chips, provided a floor for cattle also being shipped to London markets.
'Smithfield' caught fire at sea in 1875, while bringing lime from Sunderland to Aberdeen. The crew brought the badly damaged vessel into port; it was later sold to Daniel Mearns of Aberdeen.
oil on canvas
H 41.1 x W 74.3 cm