Tay Whale Fishing Company

Scope and Content

Minutes 1845-1920; notes and calculations 1873-1909; annual whaling summaries 1791-1911; press cuttings reporting the success of the Dundee sea and whale fishing fleet 1875-1879; certificates of discharge in favour of George Kinnes 1873, 1905; Some ideas and information on the whale fishing in the Arctic Seas 1885.

Administrative / Biographical History

From 1874 to the First World War the Tay Whale Fishing Company owned a large fleet of whaling ships. 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. During the First World War most whalers were either sunk or destroyed. In 1920 the firm Robert Kinnes & Sons was established in Dock Street and 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.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The records were deposited by the Department of History in 1978 (AccM/50).


Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, November 2001.

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Location of Originals

The original records are in the possession of Mr G B Kinnes of Broughty Ferry.

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