puffers & vics








Builder Burrell, Hamiltonhill
Official Nr 98691
Yard Nr  
Launched 1892
Length 66 ft
Beam 18.3 ft
Gross 87 tons
Nett 36 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound

Built for a James Burrows. I have anecdotal evidence that she was engaged in carrying slate from the quarries in the "Slate Islands" in the Firth of Lorne in the early part of the 20th century. This would appear to be borne out by her ownership in 1915.

In 1900 she was owned by a John Aim of Ardenkyle, Kilcreggan and by 1915 she is registered to a Dugald McLean of  Ardencaple, Easdale.

The postcard on the left is from the collection of Crawford Alexander, to whom I am grateful, It shows "Rachel" in the Holy Loch in 1909 presumably still owned by John Aim.

The photograph on the right was kindly provided by Duncan Shaw of Ayrshire who's family were involved in the slate mining industry on Belnahua and Luing for many years, and who were related to the McLeans of Easdale. The photograph was taken on a puffer in the "early 1900s" which he believes may have been the "Rachel" but possibly the John Shaw Jnr's "Sylph". The young boy, Johnnie Shaw, went on to become a puffer skipper himself.