puffers & vics




Builder Burrell,. Port Dundas
Official Nr 115674
Yard Nr
Launched 1902
Length 66 ft
Beam 16.1 ft
Gross 64 tons
Nett 43 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound

Basuto was built for Wm Jacks of Glasgow and in 1908 was sold by his executors to a partnership of K Law, R Hetherington and H A Wilson of Glasgow.

In 1917 she was purchased by John Kelly Ltd of Ireland and employed until 1919 on their admiralty contract there.

In 1919 she was sold to Steel & Bennie Ltd of Glasgow and a year later on to W H Bowater of Liverpool.  In 1921 she moved into the ownership of W.Cooper & Sons of Widnes who operated her as a barge.  In 1928 she was acquired by the Manchester Drydocks Co who eventually re-engined her in 1961, still coal burning though.  In 1972 her new owners were re-named Manchester Marine Ltd.

In 1979 she was sold yo Empirewise Ltd of Liverpool and since 1981 she has been preserved at Ellesmere Port, where she is shown in the photograph below.

Photograph courtesy of the Roy Cressey Collection.