Another stravaig around this wonderful city, this time to Leith. I came here a lot as a child. I remember walking down Great Junction Street on Friday afternoons with my mum and sisters to meet my dad. He was a lecturer at Leith Nautical College and at one time worked on the Training Ship Dolphin which was docked in The Old West Dock (now filled in with a Holiday Inn on the site). Much has changed but there is still much that I remember.
The ship above is painted as a "Dazzle Ship". Designed not to camouflage, but to distort a ship’s appearance when viewed through a telescope, ‘Dazzle’ was developed by the British marine artist Norman Wilkinson to counter the threat posed by German U-Boats. Using strongly contrasting blocks of colour, stripes and curves, dazzle designs transformed ships into a confusing array of multi-directional shapes, making it difficult to gauge a ship’s direction or speed.
Above, Cables Wynd House, better known as the Banana Flats. They were recently granted A listed status for their excellence in modernist urban design. Made famous in Trainspotting as a drug den.