puffers & vics




Number 16


Builder ?
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Launched post 1882
Length c66 ft
Beam c17 ft
Gross c64 tons
Deadweight c44 tons
Engine 2 cyl steam compound

What scant records I had been able to access indicated that 16 was originally built as a dumb lighter for the Carron Company of Carron, near Falkirk. It wasn't until the photograph below came to light showing her sporting a smoking lum that it became clear that she had been engined at some time after her launch. In the photograph she is seen passing under the opening bridge at Camelon on the Forth and Clyde Canal, with "Afghan" moored alongside.

Like her sister vessels in the Carron fleet she would have been employed on operating a feeder service to and from the Clyde area, including Port Dundas in Glasgow, and Carron's own liner services between Grangemouth and London.


Photograph courtesy of Graham Lappin