puffers & vics

 

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A scene to bring a tear to the eye of any lover of Clyde and West Coast shipping history, two of the few remaing steam puffers in the world seen together on the slip at the Crinan Boatyard in Argyll on 12th August 2015. Nick Walker's VIC32 in for her annual overhall and "Auld Reekie", formerly VIC27, which is being lovingly restored at Crinan.

The  photograph was taken by a correspondant who wishes to remain anonymous but who retains copyright.

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.

All photographs used in this website are Copyright Alasdair MacKenzie unless otherwise credited. No photograph may be reproduced in any form without the express consent of the copyright holder, either directly or via the person named as having provided it from their private collection.   Website design and copyright Alasdair MacKenzie ©  2012 to 2018      email  :  pufferman@clydemaritime.co.uk