puffers & vics


Christo      Limelight (2)


Builder Rennie Forrest, Wivenhoe
Official Nr 135929
Yard Nr 1268
Launched 1916
Delivered 1916
Length 89 ft
Beam 19.1 ft
Gross 140 tons
Deadweight 70 tons
Engine   ?

This little ship was neither a true “Clyde Puffer” nor a VIC but she did serve on the Clyde as a puffer for 3 years post-war thus earning her her place in this hall of fame.

Built in 1916 for W.Christophersen of Ipswich and subsequently passed through the hands of a number of owners: In 1918  to O.Blackwood, Great Yarmouth. 1920 Van Oppen & Co., London, 1922 Darwen & Mostyn Iron Co., Mostyn, 1933 Cristo Ltd., Bristol, 1940 Liverpool Lighterage Company

In 1963 she was bought by Light Shipping Co. (Ross & Marshall) of Glasgow and renamed LIMELIGHT in 1964. She was wrecked near Port Ellen on the Hebridean island of Islay on 10th October 1966 whilst on passage from Irvine in Ayrshire to Port Ellen with a cargo of building materials. Do not confuse this “Limelight” with a Light Shipping's previous vessel of the same name, which became “Cloch Lass” with Brown of Greenock

The photograph below shows her at Preston. In the background is the local tug “Hewitt” working the Danish vessel “Abelone Vendila”.


Photograph courtesy of George Robinson