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The 'Smithfield'

Photo credit: Aberdeen Maritime Museum

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The 'Smithfield' was built in 1842 at the Duthie shipyard for the Aberdeen Lime Company. This schooner sailed in the coasting trade from Aberdeen until its wreck in 1878.

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

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Acquisition method

purchased, 1998

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Normally on display at

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Shiprow, Aberdeen AB11 5BY Scotland

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