No.46115 Scots Guardsman is getting up to line speed, after stopping in Dundee, and she is seen here, beside the river Tay, approching Broughty Ferry. Broughty Ferry was where passengers, from Tayport, landed before the opening of the Tay Bridge. Prior to the opening of the Tay Bridge, passengers from Edinburgh and the South, heading for Aberdeen and the North crossed the Tay by ferry, just as they did across the Forth before the opening of the Forth Bridge.
The Tay, at this point, is about two miles wide and local folklore has it that lying in the Tay’s shifting sandbanks are the remains of sixty boats laden with gold, silver, and jewels plundered from the City of Dundee, in 1651, by one of Cromwell’s Generals. Legend has it that as the boats, full to the gunwales with booty, set sail, a violent storm blew up and all were lost. No one, as yet, has found the sunken treasure, despite several attempts over the years. However, what I can say is that when the first Tay Bridge collapsed, in December 1879, the engine, a Wheatley designed, North British Railway 4-4-0, No.224, which fell into the Tay, on that dark and stormy night, was, eventually, pulled from the river, taken to Cowlairs works and repaired. Forever after she was known to the crews as ‘The Diver’; original built in 1871, she remained in service until 1919.
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