puffers & vics






Builder Scotts,Bowling
Official Nr 77221
Yard Nr 35
Launched 1877
Length 66.2 ft
Beam 17.2 ft
Gross 56 tons
Nett 38 tons
Engine 8hp compound

Built for Robert Davie of Glasgow. In 1880 she was owned by James McConnachy of Port Glasgow before passing on to timber merchant George Halliday of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute in 1900.

On 3rd March 1923 she stranded, according to the official record,  on Cleet Rock at Conin Ferry. I can't trace "Conin" but the grid reference given (NM756 135) places the wreck in the area of Cuan near the ferry between Seil Island and Luing. A note with the report made on the day of the stranding states that she is "expected to become a constructive loss". She was salvaged though and in 1930 was still in Halliday's possession.

By 1935 she had passed into the ownership of John L Cockburn of Newcastle, and by 1938 to Joseph P Gunn of Gateshead. No further erecords of her are available.

The photograph below shows her at Rothesay but is undated. The pier buildings place it post-1884 and is probably from the early 1900's when she was owned by George Halliday.


Photograph courtesy of the Graham Lappin collection