puffers & vics




Builder Henderson Coulborn, Renfrew
Official Nr 50339
Yard Nr 59
Launched 1864
Length 65 ft
Beam 13.5 ft
Gross 33tons
Nett 28 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound

Built for John Jack of Renfrew. Acquired by James Marshall (of Ross & Marshall) in 1873 and then by his partner Alexander Ross in 1875. In May 1876 she moved East into the ownership of James Cox of Lochee in Forfarshire and was re-registered at Dundee.

Later in 1876 she was bought by George McLearie of Paisley who registered her at Granton on the Firth of Forth. It is probable therefore that she was employed carrying cargoes between the Firths of Clyde and Forth via the canal. On 20th June 1879 she foundered off Inverkip on the Clyde Estuary while carrying a cargo of coal. The wreck record is here on the Canmore database at RCHAMS. There is no record of what became of her Master, a Captain Mills, or of his crew. There is an aparent anomaly in record of the report of the survey by HMS Hecla in 1986 which quotes the length of the wreck as 65 metres- this may well just be a transcription record and that 65 feet was intended.

I am indebted to George Robinson of the Caledonian Maritime Research Trust for bringing this vessel's existence to my attention.