puffers & vics




Builder Scotts, Bowling
Official Nr 113958
Yard Nr 149
Launched 1901
Length 66.5 ft
Beam 18.3 ft
Gross 34 tons
Deadweight 93 tons
Engine 2 cyl steam compound

Built for R Munro & Findlay of Glasgow. By 1910 she had been acquired by the Glasgow Steam Coaster Company, who subsequently sold her on to MacKie and Co, Distilles of Glasgow (managed by Archibald Hendry). MacKie had only just bought the Hazelbank Distillery at Campbeltown, where they already owned Springbank Distillery, and Zephon would almost certainly have been employed in transporting cask whisky from the distilleries to the botting plants in the Gasgow area. She was subsequently bought by J. Hay & Co. in 1922. She may also at one time have been in the ownership of Paton & Hendry.but this is unconfirmed.

The photograph on the left below shows her alongside the wreck of MacBrayne's paddler "Glendale" which grounded at Deas Point on the Mull of Kintyre in August 1905. The salvage contract for Glendale had been let to the salvage diver James Gush of Greenock who's specialised lighter "Beamer" was also reported to have been in attendance at the wreck. Whether Gush also owned Zephon at that time is open to speculation; she may just have been chartered by him to carry whatever they were able to salvage

Hay's photograph on the right is undated and I have no idea where it was taken. Any offers?

Photograph courtesy of Graham Lapin

Photograph courtesy of the Roy Cressey Collection