has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the launch of RRS
Discovery ( 21 March 1901 ) down the Tay from the yards of Alexander
Stephen & Sons. Last weekend, as part of the celebrations, a fleet
of Tall Ships visited Dundee. "Tall ships Dundee - Spirit of
Discovery" was a great success with thousands of visitors
enjoying the spectacle of the Tall Ships.
The focus of the celebration RRS Discovery was built by Dundee
Shipbuilders Co Ltd for the Royal Geographical Society and will always
be associated with the name of Scott of the Antarctic. Following her
launch the Discovery sailed to New Zealand and spent two years in the
Antarctic ice. She was constructed, on the lines of the famous Dundee
whalers, with great thickness and strength to withstand the pack ice.
After Captain Robert F Scott's expedition in 1904, Discovery saw
service with the Hudson Bay Company and then became a Research Ship.
She was bought by the Marintime Trust in 1978 and moved back from the
Thames, London, England, to the city of her birth in 1986. Dundonians
welcomed her home in great style and she is now moored permanently at
Discovery Quay. The City of Dundee now proudly proclaims itself as the
"City of Discovery".
Celebrate the launch of a great ship with a slab of Dundee Cake!
8 oz Flour
6 oz Caster Sugar
6 oz Butter or Margarine
4 oz Currants
4 oz Raisins
4 oz Sultanas
2 oz Candied Peel
1 oz Ground Almonds
1 t Mixed Spices
1 t Baking Powder
1/2 ts Salt
1 oz Split Blanched Almonds
Set oven to
325F/Gas 3. Grease an 8 inch round cake tin and line with greaseproof paper. Cream the fat
and sugar in a bowl. Sift the flour, salt and spices together. Add the baking powder to
the last of the flour. Stir in the ground almonds. Add the fruit peel.
Gently Mix. Put
into the tin. Arrange the split almonds evenly on the top of the cake. Bake for about 2
hours. After the first hour, if the top is browning too quickly cover with
paper. Allow the cake to cool slightly in the tin before turning on to a wire rack. The
cake will keep for several weeks if wrapped in kitchen foil.