Monday 16 April 2012: Leith #2 - "Leith Docks"
I'm on holiday, so I took it easy today. I had a look at the weather forecast for the rest of the week and it looks like it's gonna rain almost everyday, so I decided to make most of the sun today and go for a walk around the port of Leith. I took many pictures and it was a difficult decision but I finally settled for this one.
Leith Docks comprise five docks: Edinburgh Dock, Albert Dock, Imperial Dock, Prince of Wales Dock and Victoria Dock. This picture was taken from Victoria Dock looking at a ship moored in Prince of Wales Dock.
Leith Docks became known as the port for Edinburgh, with the first dock being opened at the beginning of 19th century. In the post-Second World War period Leith Docks suffered a severe decline, and the area gained a reputation for roughness and prostitution, with an official 'tolerance zone' until 2001. However, in recent years, it has undergone significant regeneration and now is a very busy port, with new housing, businesses and leisure facilities. It's the home of Royal Yacht Britannia, Ocean Terminal and the Scottish Government administrative offices.
The Royal Yacht Britannia is one of the most famous ships in the world. It was launched at John Brown's Shipyard in Clydebank in 1953 and served the Queen and her country for 44 years. During that time it carried the Queen and the Royal Family on 968 official voyages. It was decommissioned on 11 December 1997 at Portsmouth Naval Base and is now owned by the Royal Britannia Trust and permanently moored in Edinburgh's port of Leith.
Ocean Terminal is Edinburgh's largest shopping centre, with over 70 shops, a cinema, a gym, a spa, cafes and restaurants.
Taking it easy this evening.
Thanks very much for your nice comments on the start of my new theme! I'm learning about Leith in the process as well! I hope you all had a good day! :)