puffers & vics




VIC 57      Arran Monarch     Coedmor


Builder Pollock  Faversham
Official.No 180868
Yard Nr 1841
Launched 8/3/1946
Delivered 6/1946
Length 80.5 ft
Beam 20 ft
Gross 147 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound Oil fired boiler

Was with the MOWT  until being purchased by Arran Sea Transport in 1948


Owned by Arran Sea Transport Ltd. from 1948 until 1953, she provided bulk cargo services between the Ayrshire ports (mainly Troon) and the Isle of Arran until she was sold on to Wansborough Paper Co in Somerset to bring their coal supplies from South Wales. The photo at second row left shows her as "Arran Monarch" but is undated

In 1960 she was purchased by P. Herbert of Bude in Cornwall keeping the name "Arran Monarch". The photograph at top left shows her in Watchet Harbour in that same year and spent some time laid up in the canal before resuming her previous task of coal-carrying for Wansborough Paper.

In 1964 she was purchased by Hollacombe Aggregates of Wadebridge and converted for sand dredging by Appledore Shipbuilders, This work incuded lengthening her to 107.7 feet and increasing her gt to 181. That same year she was sold on to Barry Sand Co of Llanelli, Wales.

She then passed into the ownership of Wadebridge Sand Co in Cornwall before in 1980 returing to the ownership of Hollacombe Aggregates. In 1984 she was sold on to a DG&CJ Williams of Hale. The bottom left photograph of her at Hayle shows her Port of Registry as Llanelli..  The most recent picture is that at bottom right which was taken in 2002. Her fo'c'sle has been removed and she looks in a very sorry state, possibly in the process of being dismantled, which I believe was completed by the following year.


Courtesy of and copyright Roy Masson

courtesy of and copyright Richard Danielson

courtesy of and copyright Chris Jones

 courtesy of and copyright Chris Jones