Collection MS 59 - Tay Whale Fishing Company (Digitised Microfilm)

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MS 59


Tay Whale Fishing Company (Digitised Microfilm)


  • 1791-1922 (Creation)

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2 microfilms

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Biographical history

Robert Kinnes & Sons Ltd was founded in 1883 by Mr Robert Kinnes as a Trading company for the Tay Whale Fishing Co. Ltd, of which he was Managing Director. The company's activities included ship-broking and the management of whaling vessels. From 1874 to the First World War the Tay Whale Fishing Company owned a large fleet of whaling ships. During the war most whalers were either sunk or destroyed. In 1920 the firm Robert Kinnes & Sons was established in Dock Street. From that date the firm of Robert Kinnes & Sons has operated in Dundee as shipping agents and a charter company. In September 1922 a trading ketch, the 'Easonian', owned by Robert Kinnes & Sons, was lost in the Cumberland Sound. This was reported to have marked the end of the connection between whaling and Dundee.

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Scope and content

Microfilm copies of the records in the possession of Robert Kinnes & Sons Ltd, Shipping and Forwarding Agents, Dundee, for period 1845-1920, and 1791-1922. Scans of the microfilm are available for viewing in the Archives.


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Usually chronological within series.

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Conditions governing access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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As of 2004 these were held by Mr. G B Kinnes, Rednock, Broughty Ferry

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MS 59

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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