About this memory
1944 – Grandpa was always mending and building things.
At the South and West end of the factory the Water of Leith River ran along the factory buildings. At the top of the River is a waterfall and above this the river is calm and fairly slow running.
Grandpa built a small rowing boat, from timber in the factory, and it was duly launched into the calm and Upper River, where Grandpa had built an area where the boat could be moored.
The boat was christened “Torado” (Tom, Robert and David). Tom taught us to row the boat and how to keep well clear of the waterfall.
Once we were strong enough we were allowed to go out on our own and even with our friends, some still remember the excitement of sailing on the river.