puffers & vics


Kaffir  (2)     


Builder J Hay, Kirkintilloch
Official Nr 169405
Yard Nr 61
Launched  / /1944
Delivered 1944
Length 66.8 ft
Beam 18.4 ft
Gross 96 tons
Deadweight 140 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound
Originally ordered by the MOWT as a VIC but the order was cancelled before she was completed. 

Hays continued with the build for their own fleet and she was completed in 1944 as "Kaffir".  In 1961 she was refitted with a diesel engine and in 1968 became part of the Glenlight Shipping fleet following the merger of Hay Hamilton and Light Shipping Ltd.

On 23rd September 1974 she was stolen from Ayr harbour during the hours of darkness and was chased by the pilot cutter. While returning to harbour she ran aground on Newton Beach just north of the harbour entrance, was badly damaged and flooded. Her cargo of 118 tons of coal was salvaged but the vessel became a total loss. The wreck can still be seen at low water.

The photograph below shows her in the company of her fleet mate "Boer" before either were converted to diesel power. The location isn't given on the photograph but it looks like Kingston Dock in Glasgow - a location now lost under the concrete of the Kingston Bridge and a riverside leisure complex.

The photograph below is from the Dan McDonald collection courtesy of the Ballast Trust and is reproduced under a Creative Commons license