Late December 2015, we received the following email message from Scotland: –

“Hello, I am the webmaster for the community website in Scotland. I have been researching the SS Lady Kinnaird which was built on the River Tay at Dundee some 10 miles from our small village and carries the name of the local landowner of Rossie Estate at Abernyte.


The current family member holding the title is the Honourable Caroline Best and the ship was named for her great, great grandmother.  She is delighted in the care that Port Neill has taken in preserving the history of a ship carrying her family name.

I have put together some information on the Lady Kinnaird and her sister ship the Lord Kinnaird here.

I would love to display the picture of the Lady Kinnaird that you have on your website in this article, if you would kindly give consent. Regards, Gordon Nicoll”

I was delighted to reply to Gordon as follows: –

“Hi Gordon, This is marvellous news! Thanks for these details. You’re welcome to use any of my photos from our website. I know that Steve Saville has done much diving and filming of the wreck. I suggest that you also contact him. I’ve CC’d this response on to him. Happy New Year. Cheers, Steve Reynolds”

I can only presume that Gordon was referring to the two articles published in our June 2012 newsletter titled “The Sinking of the Lady Kinnaird and the Raising of her Anchor”by David Cowan & Steve Reynolds and ”The Lady and her Gold bullion” by Eric Kotz.

Those two articles were followed up by two more in our August 2012 newsletter – “Another Lady Kinnaird” and “Even More About the Lady Kinnaird (“Marine Archaeology Seminar”)”.

A further article titled “”Video Footage of the Lady Kinnaird” was published in our October 2013 newsletter. Steve Saville’s video footage can be found at .

By Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds is the current President of MLSSA and is a long-standing member of the Society. Steve is a keen diver, underwater explorer, photographer and is chief author of the Society's extensive back catalogue of newsletters and journals.

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