puffers & vics




Builder Blackwood & Gordon,Port Glasgow
Official Nr 55440
Yard Nr
Launched 1866
Length 66.5 ft
Beam 15.6 ft
Gross 42 tons
Nett 29 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam compound

Built for Matthew Howie of Greenock before being purchased by George Halliday of Rothesay prior to her MNL entry of 1890. Her final MNL entry has her registered to a Miss Christina S Whyte of  80 Elderpark Street in Glasgow. Scrapped in 1947

The photographs below shows her on the left discharging passengers from Millport at Fairlie Pier on 2nd July 1906, on what was described as "the first day of the Siege of Millport",  This was in fact a dispute between the Caledonian Steam Packet Company and the owners of Millport and Keppel piers. The latter had raised their pier dues; the former refused to pay them and withdrew their services leaving the islanders stranded. The enterprising Mr Halliday pressed the "Elizabeth" into passenger carrying service along with his other puffer "Craigielea" but was promptly shut down by the Board of Trade after just one day. 

On the right she is seen at the old coal pier at Brodick, just a few yards from the main steamer pier.


Photograph courtesy of the Graham Lappin collection

The photograph below is from the Dan McDonald collection courtesy of the Ballast Trust and is reproduced under a Creative Commons license