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Dundee Airport

Dundee Riverside Airport The River Tay Estuary has had a long-standing aviation history. The Royal Naval Air Service first opened a seaplane base at Stannergate, Dundee in 1914 to patrol the East coast of Scotland. The base operated until 1919 and was re-activated between 1940-44. In 1938 the Short Mayo composite aircraft, “Maia-Mercury” (a seaplane …

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Tay Road Bridge

Feature image courtesy of Gareth James. Opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on 18th August 1966, the Tay Road Bridge crosses the Tay estuary linking Newport in north east Fife with the City of Dundee. Designed by William Fairhurst and built by the Muir of Ord-based construction company Duncan Logan Ltd (Contractors), the bridge …

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Romans on the Tay

Eighteen hundred years ago the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus would have been a magnificent and terrifying sight as he sailed down on the River Tay. Born in Libya, in North Africa, he found Scotland cold and wet, as did his troops who moaned about the weather, particularly “the water”. In 208 Severus travelled to Britain, …

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Dalhousie

The wreck of the steamer Dalhousie The story of the River Tay’s worst recorded shipwreck began late on the evening of a storm-lashed Thursday, 24 November 1864. The Dundee-bound steamer London was crossing St Andrews Bay when her crew spotted a blue light, then a recognised distress signal, among the breakers off Tentsmuir. A strong gale …

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