Reval in the 19th century
Tallinn (Reval) suffered greatly during the Northern War between Russia and Sweden with only a fifth of the population alive when it surrendered to the Russians after a siege in 1710. It became a gubernia in the Russian Empire and an important naval base with the harbour surrounded by a new defence built at the end of the eighteenth century.
In the nineteenth century, Tallinn shipped large quantities of hemp and flax to Arbroath, Dundee and Montrose. The black and white photograph is a painting (artist/source unknown) of Tallinn harbour in the 1800s.
The tower picture, the Megede Tower, would have been a private house in the early 19th century. It has been known as the Maiden's Tower (Neitsitorn) since 1884 but this is a misinterpration of the name which probably derives from Hinse Meghe who lived nearby when it was built in the late 1300s.
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