Not surprisingly, with such a strong historical connection to the sea, many of Dundee's streetnames reflect the maritime connection.

We've listed a few below but if you know of more - please do let us know!


Baffin Street: Baffin Bay in the Arctic – related to the Whaling Industry

Baltic Street: opened in 1840 celebrating trade with the Baltic area, particularly hemp and flax

Camperdown Street: Named after the battle of Camperdown in 1797 which involved Admiral Duncan. The name is also given to Camperdown Park and a statue of Admiral Duncan can be found at the junction of Commercial Street and Seagate/High Street

Chandlers Lane

Dock Street: Although now landlocked, this street once formed the northern edge of a number of elements of the Dundee Docks, Including Earl Grey Dock and King William IV Dock

Dura Street: believed to be derived from the Celtic word for water “Dubron”

Earl Grey Place West named after the Earl Grey Dock which was in this location

Dock Street and the Earl Grey Dock
[ Dock Street with Earl Grey Dock beyond.]

East Port: Not maritime related but the word port instead refers to the gate in the town wall – the “Wishart Arch” gate still stands today and can be seen adjacent to the East Port car park

East Whale Lane

Gourlay Yard: named after the shipbuilding yard of the same name

Patent Slipway: a slipway used for maintaining large vessels was located a little to the east of this newly formed road. The top of the slipway can still be seen today on West Victoria Dock Road

St Vincent Street – named after the Earl of St. Vincent who earned the title after a sea battle with the Spanish Fleet in 1797

Seagate: This is one of the oldest parts of Dundee and the shoreline of the River Tay would have at one time been in this area

Thomson Avenue: named after the city engineer James Thomson who once planned a comprehensive redevelopment of the waterfront area.

Whale Lane: linked to the whaling industry