puffers & vics






Builder J & J Hay Kirkintilloch
Official Nr 161965
Yard Nr  
Launched 1932
Length 65.5 ft
Beam 17.6 ft
Gross 68 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound

Owned and operated by J & J Hay throughout her working life. In 1961 she was the last puffer to make her way along the canal to Hay's yard at Kirkintilloch for refit and repair before the canal was closed. She was scrapped in 1964 after having spent several years employed coaling the Clyde Navigation Trust's dredgers and hoppers.

There is no information accompanying the photograph below but it certainly looks like Bowling on the Clyde. The absence of a wheelhouse aft of the funnel would normally date it to pre-WW2, but Slav and her fleetmate Turk were never upgraded to have one! So, this image may well be post-war although my own inclination is that the absence of the detritus which filled Bowling Basin immediately afer the war suggests that it is immediately pre-war.The puffer behind her is her 1937-built Hay fleetmate "Texan " but I am unable to make out the identity of the other puffer or the cargo ship behind her. My best efforts with Photoshop suggest that the puffer could be "Glen" something, possibly another four letters? Any offers on either? Andy Milner suggests either Glenaray or Glenrosa, valid only if the image is post-war though !


The photograph below is from the Dan McDonald collection courtesy of the Ballast Trust and is reproduced under a Creative Commons license