puffers & vics




Maid of Lorn / Snowflake       


Builder Wm Burrell, Hamiltonhill
Official Nr 99880
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Launched 1893
Length 66.0 ft
Beam 18.3 ft
Gross 88 tons
Nett 42 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound

Built for T.Wingate of Glasgow. She ran aground on The Stirks in the Sound of Mull in April 1896 but was successfully refloated. Shortly after this event she was sold on to a partnership of Hoskin, Trevithick and Polkinhorne of Hayle. Cornwall, and managed by Capt James Irwin, of Combe Martin in North Devon. She was registered at Barnstaple in 1897 under the new name of "Snowflake". In stark contrast to the normal cargoes of coal and sand carried by her sisters on the West Coast of Scotland, one of Snowdrop's main seasonal trade was cargoes of soft fruit, including strawberries, from Combe Martin to jam factories in South Wales. She would, though, return to Devon with a more typical cargo of coal! In 1912 she ran aground at Lester Point, North Devon, and in 1936 hit a rock off Little Hangman and was beached at nearby Watermouth Cove, where she is seen in the photograph below.

After serving as a water carrier in WW2, she was sold to new owners in Bristol and then to Greece in 1946. She was reportedly beached at Piraeus in 1953 and there is at least one report of her having been seen at Rhodes post-1990 but I have no verfication of this.

There is an excellent page on Snowflake in the Braunton Museum's website, via this link



photohraph is unattributed