Trams, Ferries, Cargo Ships and the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879 – Podcast Week 5

This fifth podcast covers Trams, Ferries, Cargo Ships and the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879

ss empire kitchener

Empire Kitchener is getting cleaned up and repaired by a professional conservator!

The ship was built at the Caledon Shipyard in Dundee in 1944.

This fantastic model is on loan from the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, London, and we believe it has never been on public display in the City before.

empire history

This is an extract from a document produced by The Friends of Dundee City Archives, showing some of the history of the SS Empire Kitchener.

Here is the full document.Caledon E

This is a model of the SS Empire Kitchener currently on loan to the museum. Sam discusses a bit of the history in this weeks podcast.

ss empire kitchener 2

There is huge detail in this model.


From its beginning when built at The Caledon Shipyard in Dundee to being broken up after inclement weather listen to more detail in the unedited chat with Sam.


For a Cargo ship, the SS Empire Kitchener is fairly heavily armed, Find out why in the unedited audio below.


RAW audio recorded 29.03.17 at the museum


The Tay Ferries – Providing a safe crossing of the River Tay for Foot and Vehicle Passengers until 1966

Tay Ferry 2

Some of the fine models of the Tay Ferries on display at Dundee Museum of Transport.

Tay Ferry 3

Volunteer, Forbes, talks of his memories of crossing the river on the ferry, these typically could have been like the tickets he would have bought for the crossing.


Single Tickets that can be seen at the museum.


And returns


One of the special tickets issued to commemorate the last crossing on 18 August 1966.

Tay Ferries clock

The Tay Ferries clock donated to the museum.

The RAW audio from the discussions with Forbes and Graeme

The Last Dundee Horse Drawn Tram

A summer house was discovered in Perth with a hidden past. No one quite knows how long its been there but Graeme is on hand to let us know a bit more about what was found out to be The Last Dundee Horse Drawn Tram.


It was by no means an easy task to get it out however as the pictures show below it was eventually liberated and returned to Dundee.


The black and white picture above has been confirmed as the same tram that is now available to be seen at the museum’s Market Mews premises.


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