In 1972 she was acquired by an M Fielding of Dublin and later re-sold to unknown buyers back in the UK after which she was laid up for several years in areas of London Docks. During that time she remained essentially sound but was badly vandalised .
In 1981 she was sold again and steamed to Newcastle, then north and west through the Caledonian Canal before ariving at the Maryport Steamship Museum in Cumbria.
Twenty five years later she was in a deteriorated condition and in danger of sinking at her moorings when she was saved by the "VIC 96 Trust". After extensive work to restore her to a seaworthy condition, the trust steamed her from Maryport to her new berth in the No 1 basin at Chatham Dockyard in Kent, England, in the summer of 2009. The voyage, under the command of skipper Derek Gransden, took them north and through the Caledonian Canal before the long haul down the east coast.. VIC96 is now very much a working exhibit at Chatham..
The photograph below shows her in Armiralty service as C.668