puffers & vics






Builder J Hay, Kirkintilloch
Official Nr 164106
Yard Nr  
Launched 1937
Length 66.4 ft
Beam 17.6 ft
Gross 71 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound

Built at Hay's yard in Kirkintilloch for their own fleet. Texan was called up to military service during WW2 and served with the Admiralty at Crombie on the Forth as a fleet tender. She returned to the Clyde at the end of hostilities and was eventually scrapped in 1964 .

Although her name follows Hay's traditional "nationality" theme, Guthrie Hutton in his book "Puffers" suggests that she might have been named "Texan" as the film "The Texas Rangers" was showing at the local cinema in Kirkintilloch at the time she was being built.

During the winter of 1960 when loaded with a cargo of tar she sank at Brodick Pier. At low tide her crew managed to pump out the engine room and raise steam to allow them to discharge the tar into waiting lorries using her own grab. The puffer "Logan" and her crew came alongside to assist and the tar was subsequently used to surface the car park and driveway of the village's Ormidale Hotel. This really does illustrate how resilient these wee ships were, largely of course down to the simplicity of their design and machinery..(for this story I am indebted to Lenny Hartley of Brodick)

The photograph below shows Texan at Rothesay. She also appears in a photograph moored alongside her Hay fleetmate "Slav " at Bowling



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