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*** NEW *** A History of G & G Hamilton of Brodick by Graeme Wallace

  A WEE BIT OF CLYDE HISTORY

This postcard, kindly supplied by Graham Lappin from his collection, shows the puffer "Meteor" alongside the quay at Port Bannatyne on the Isle of Bute. The identities of the other puffer behind her and the sailing lighter in the foreground are not known, but it is thought that the puffer could be the "Elizabeth". 

Could the larger of the two gentleman's steam yachts in the background be Sir Thomas Lipton's "Erin"?  Note also the overhead electric power lines of the Rothesay & Ettrick Bay Light Railway. The Port Bannatyne section was completed in 1905 and as "Erin" was sunk during war service in 1916, that would allow us to date this postcard to between 1905 and most likely the outbreak of war in 1914.

CAN YOU ADD ANY INFORMTION OR PICTURES, OR EVEN IDENTIFY A PUFFER WHICH ISN'T YET LISTED?

IF YOU CAN THEN  PLEASE EMAIL   pufferman@clydemaritime.co.uk

 

 

 

Made famous by Neil Munro's "Vital Spark" and her crew of skipper Para Handy, engineer Dan MacPhail, Dougie the mate and deckhand Sunny Jim, the "puffer" has become a legendary little ship in the folklore of Scotland's canals and rugged West Coast.   

Their real story is just as fascinating: from their origins on Central Scotland's canal network, their progression to sea, their journey to two wars, and their eventual return to their spiritual home.

This website aims to document the history of each of them.

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