puffers & vics






Builder Scotts, Bowling
Yard Nr  45
Launched 1882
Length 66 ft
Beam 17.7 ft
Gross 71 tons
Deadweight 42 tons
Engine 2 cyl steam compound?

Built for the Leith, Hull and Hamburg Steam Packet Co., owned by James Curry of Leith, "X" was employed, as were most of their lighters, on the transhipment of cargo along the Monklands and Forth and Clyde Canals between Port Dundas in Glasgow and the ports on the Firth of Forth.  The photograph below is undated and gives no hint of location although from the width of the estuary it is more than likely the Clyde rather than the Forth.

I've identified a total of 13 of these alphabetically named steam lighters owned by LHHSP Co. There are others in the sequence but these were either sailing vessels or dumb lighters and so are excluded.


Photograph courtesy of the Roy Cressey Collection