The History of Leith

October 26, 2007

Why call of the sea is still loud and clear

FOR three centuries – from the glory days of the vast trading empire of the East India Company to their heroic role in the North Atlantic convoys of the Second World War – Scots have been an integral part of Britain’s Merchant Navy.

Flying under the “Red Duster” flag, Scottish officers and seafarers have carved their names with pride in the history of Britain’s merchant fleet, from Murmansk to Manila and from Sydney to Shanghai. Even today, Scots make up more than half of the officers of the British Merchant Navy. Across the globe, from the biggest ocean-going liners to oil tankers, bulk carriers and container ships, men and women from Scotland can be found on the bridge of vessels flying the flags of almost every seafaring nation in the world. for more click here

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