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.
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