puffers & vics




Moonlight (3)        Hirst


Builder Yarwoods, Nantwich
Official Nr 183547
Yard Nr 878
Launched 4/1952
Length 88 ft
Beam 19.6 ft
Gross 164 tons
Deadweight 188 tons
Engine Steam compound

Built for and owned by the  Light Shipping Company.  She offered her crew some real advancements in her standard of accommodation; it being claimed that she was the first to have radiators and washbasins in their cabins. To see a general arrangement drawing of Moonlight click here.

She was renamed “Hirst” when sold in 1966 to A.H.Turner of Glasgow. I have no information on her in the subsequent years until she was sold for breaking to the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co Ltd in 1970.

The date and place of the photograph below are unconfirmed although that looks like a Burns & Laird funnel background right, Crosbie Smith has identified it as the "Lairds Loch" which would date the photo no later than1966 when she was withdrawn from service. The bridge looks like the one which spanned the entrance to Glasgow's Kingston Dock, which was a favoured city home for small coastal vessels.



Photograph courtesy of George Robinson