puffers & vics




Builder Swan, Kelvin Dock
Official Nr 76185
Yard Nr
Launched 1878
Length 74 ft
Beam 16.9 ft
Gross 70 tons
Nett 58 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound

The first official mention of her in the MNL is for 1880 when she is registered at Greenock under the ownership of Daniel R Gaff of Greenock. In the 1881 census, taken on the 3rd April, at Fort Augustus on the Caledonian Canal she reported a crew of four under her Master, Angus Taylor aged 66 of Skipness. By 1887 she had been re-registered in Glasgow to Wm McCulloch of Lauriston Place, Glasgow. In 1900 she is shown as owned by John P Turnbull, also of Glasgow, and in 1915 to Gordon D Davie, of Glasgow.

By 1917 she is regsitered in Grimsby, owners unknown, and in 1929 her register entry is closed.

I have come across a report in Lloyds List dated 8th December 1881 which reads "on Tuesday night (6th December 1881) the small screw steamer CARTSDYKE, which was riding in the harbour at Easdale, broke from her shore moorings and was driven ashore near Marcus Point, and is likely to become a total wreck. The crew got into the small boat as the vessel was driving away, and landed with great difficulty on Easdale Island"    Whether or not this is the same vessel is not proven but many assumed total wrecks were salvaged and sailed again. It probably does though refer to the 1880-built passenger/cargo vessel of the same name built for R Shankland & Co of Greenock for which I can trace no official records