puffers & vics


VIC 29        Glen Rosa (1)


Builder Pimblott, Northwich
Official Nr 168879
Yard Nr 651
Launched   /1/1944
Delivered 3/1943
Length 66.8 ft
Beam 18.4 ft
Gross 96 tons
Deadweight 140 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound

Served as a Naval water carrier until May 1945 when she transferred to the War Department (Army). In 1947 she moved to the Admiralty. 


Purchased by G & G Hamilton of Glasgow in 1948 and re-named Glen Rosa.

On 16th January 1958 while on passage from Troon to Bunessan on Mull with a cargo of 120 tons of coal she experienced compass problems, thought to be due to local magnetic aberations, and as a result grounded on rocks on the south coast of Mull about 2 miles NE of Frank Lockwood's Island.  She was abandoned and became a total loss. Her crew of four were rescued by the boom defence ship "Barrington" which had been standing by another stranding nearby, that of the boom defence vessel Barcombe. The two photographs  immediately below show the "Barcombe" and "Glenrosa" aground in Lochbuie. They were taken by local boat-owner and keen amateur photographer the late Alisdair Gibson, and very kindly sent to me by his grandson Bryan. 

The location and date of the lower photograph are not recorded but it does look like Bowling Harbour, at the western end of the Forth and Clyde Canal.


Photographs above

copyright Alisdair Gibson

Photograph below courtesy of the Roy Cressey Collection.