puffers & vics




Builder Scotts, Bowling
Official  Nr 81132
Yard Nr 48
Launched 1882
Length 66 ft
Beam 17.6 ft
Gross 71 tons
Deadweight 42 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam compound

Built for Henry Salvesen of Grangemouth and would have been used to tranship cargoes between their home port of Grangemouth and Port Dundas on the Monklands canal in Glasgow, and to other ports around the Forth estuary area, 

By 1910 she is registered to Wm Loch of Port Bannatyne, Isle of Bute and presumably now concentrating on working the Clyde. Later, in 1920 she remains registered at Grangemouth but by now to Tilbury Contracting & Dredging of London. Her last two entries, for 1930 and 1940 have her still at Grangemouth, to Greys Wherries & Stevedoring Co. of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The photograph below shows her alongside at Port Bannatyne on Bute, more than likely between 1905 and 1914.  The puffer behind her is unidentified but may be the "Elizabeth ".  Could that be Sir Thomas Lipton's steam yacht "Erin" in the right background?


Photograph courtesy of the Graham Lappin Collection