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Capstan Jetty, Greyhope Road

A Category C Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Latitude: 57.1411 / 57°8'28"N

Longitude: -2.068 / 2°4'4"W

OS Eastings: 395980

OS Northings: 805584

OS Grid: NJ959055

Mapcode National: GBR SHQ.7R

Mapcode Global: WH9QR.6RGW

Plus Code: 9C9V4WRJ+FQ

Entry Name: Capstan Jetty, Greyhope Road

Listing Name: Greyhope Road, Capstan Jetty

Listing Date: 3 June 2011

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 400680

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB51752

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: George St/Harbour

Traditional County: Kincardineshire

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Circa 1796. Small tapering jetty of roughly hewn granite rubble construction with circular head, located near the mouth of Aberdeen Harbour and the River Dee. Cast-iron capstan with fluted shaft and turning-wheel to centre. Pair of cast-iron bollards with chains.

Statement of Interest

The capstan jetty is a good example of a largely unaltered, late 18th century, round-headed jetty. The early cast-iron capstan wheel is a rare survival, adding to the interest.

The jetty was constructed during the 1790s for the purpose of erecting a capstan to tract in ships when winds were unfavourable. Located at the mouth of the harbour opposite the historic fishing village of Footdee (see separate listings), the jetty predates numerous large scale 19th and 20th century port developments and contributes historic interest to its industrial setting. The harbour at Aberdeen is one of Britain's oldest industries and of central significance to the city's continued prosperity.

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