Leith Gazetteer July 2011

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Leith Gazetteer July 2011

62 Disused Whaling Stations, Leith Harbour - Gazetteer, July 2011The building above is rectangular and clad in timberboarding laid in a staggered hit and miss pattern.There are eight windows to ground and first floors onthe east elevation, corresponding to the bedrooms.The entrance door (with an escape door above) is onthe north side of the building with a single window.There are seven large and two small windows on bothground and first floors of the west elevation, the smallerwindows corresponding to bathrooms.It is difficult to find anywhere to get a good view ofthe corrugated iron roof of this building but the slopeappears to be intact and there is no obvious major waterdamage on the internal ceiling. Internally the building islaid out with a central passage with bedrooms openingoff either side with shower rooms corresponding to thesmaller windows. A single staircase above the basementstair leads to the first floor with a trap door leading toan uninhabited loft space. There are escape doors ateither end of the first floor passage.The suspended timber floors are all made from narrowpine boarding and the internal walls are all boardedout and painted. Doors here are generally flush doorswith an unpainted veneer finish. Either this is a laterbuilding or it has been refitted. There is a good dealof damage inside though most of this appears to beforced access and vandalism rather than any winddamage. The ceilings throughout are of softboard heldup with narrow timber battens and there appears to beinsulation between the ground and first floors of theloose Kapok type.49.3 Central passage 49.4 Typical bunk room

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