puffers & vics


Gael (1)        Elim  


Builder JJHay Kirkintilloch
Official Nr. 106087
Yard Nr
Launched 1897
Length 65.8 ft
Beam 18 ft
Gross 85 tons
Nett 33 t
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound 14nhp

Built by Hay for their own operation.  Len Patterson tells that Hay's records show that in 1899 while on passage from Wemyss Bay to Greenock her tail shaft broke and she completed the voyage under sail.

Seven years later in 1906 she grounded at Port Ellen on Islay. Declared a total ;loss by the underwriters, she was nevertheless salvaged and returned to Kirkintilloch where she was extensively rebuilt and returned to service.

In February 1927 while on passage light from Glasgow to Kinlochleven she encountered heavy weather and sought shelter, anchoring in the Sound of Jura. Contemporary accounts state that she dragged her anchor and ended up in a field twenty feet above the high water mark, narrowly missing submerged rocks on the way.  Her crew all managed to get a shore safely and were reported to have been hospitably accommodated by one of the island crofters.

In 1929 she was registered at Troon as Elim under the ownership of Alexander Baillie.  At 01.30 on 8th of May 1932 while under the command of Captain William Young, she was stranded in fog at Cleats Point on the Isle of Arran, some 4 miles from the Pladda Lighthouse. Her crew of 3 were saved.  She had been bound light from Carradale on the Kintyre Peninsula to Troon. Sadly this third wrecking proved to be the end of her somewhat charmed life.

The photograph below shows her tied up alongside the "Rosie", a puffer about which no information whatsoever is to hand.

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