puffers & vics






Builder J & J Hay Kirkintilloch
Official Nr 106028
Yard Nr  
Launched 1896
Length 66.0 ft
Beam 16.3 ft
Gross 44 tons, later 56 tons
Nett 25 tons, later 33 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound

Owned by J & J Hay. In 1897 she sank in lock 4 of the Forth and Clyde Canal when her boiler blew up, killing her skipper and engineer. She was salvaged and wasn't ultimately scrapped until 1948

Glasgow Herald of Friday, February 5, 1897 records:
The boiler explosion on the steam lighter Hero occurred in the No. 4 Lock of the Forth and Clyde Canal at Falkirk. The master, Robert Shaw, Port Dundas, was killed immediately. The body of the engineer, James Baxter, Milton Street, Campsie, supposed to be beneath the wreck of the lighter. The mate Henry M’Cann, was raising the sluice of the lock and landed in the water 30 yards away. James Moore, the lock-keeper was severely injured. Considerable damage was done to the adjoining Abbot’s Iron Foundry. Nearby residents, Mrs Fleming and Mrs M’Intyre, were struck by debris.  As a footnote, Henry McCann survived to serve on other Hay puffers including the "Caesar" but was tragically lost at sea in the Forth of Clyde off of Pladda in 1912.

The photograph below is undated, nor is the location given.


Photograph courtesy of the Roy Cressey Collection