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Nemo

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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2015, 08:13:14 PM »

@Nemo,
The Inchinnan bridge was not a swing bridge,
but a Rolling Bascule Bridge.Ned
ned.

Ned: Having lived within yards of it for nearly 20 years, I do know that it is technically a Scherzer Rolling Lift Bascule Bridge. Built by Sir William Arrol even. (Tower Bridge, Forth Rail Bridge etc)
Locally, whatever it's true designation, it has always been known as the 'Swing Bridge', in memory of its ancient predecessor installed in 1838.  The daft thing is, the bridge is not in Inchinnan, but on the Renfrew side of the river!
BTW - it is still there!  ok2
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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #26 on: December 13, 2015, 08:16:40 PM »

Ye want smoke eh ! Ah`ll gie ye smoke !   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkYPKqnTQMk

I do believe the world leaders were discussing that vessel over the past week in Paris!  %%
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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #27 on: December 13, 2015, 09:10:54 PM »

 {-) O0      Ah`ll get the lum swept
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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #28 on: December 13, 2015, 09:13:50 PM »

HI thanks for info, going to record on Sky , once again Thanks, George
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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #29 on: December 13, 2015, 09:37:49 PM »

ned.

Ned: Having lived within yards of it for nearly 20 years, I do know that it is technically a Scherzer Rolling Lift Bascule Bridge. Built by Sir William Arrol even. (Tower Bridge, Forth Rail Bridge etc)
Locally, whatever it's true designation, it has always been known as the 'Swing Bridge', in memory of its ancient predecessor installed in 1838.  The daft thing is, the bridge is not in Inchinnan, but on the Renfrew side of the river!
BTW - it is still there!  ok2


We have one in Grimsby, built by the same Gentleman.
Still in use today.


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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #30 on: December 16, 2015, 04:52:13 PM »

Well?
Did anyone watch it?
Watched it last night and at the start
calling the Vic ,the last remaining puffer
I thought 'Here we go again' but it got better.
The researcher had got it mostly right and it
turned out nae bad.
Should please our Antipodean steamers that
The Vic's engineer was from Oz %)


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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #31 on: December 16, 2015, 05:45:24 PM »

I think the engineer is from New Zealand, as was his brother the previous engineer. {:-{  The programme was good but didn't mention all the Puffer films, The Maggie etc , or the actors who have played Para Handy, copyright problems no doubt.
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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #32 on: December 16, 2015, 05:57:17 PM »

I stand Corrected Duncan :embarrassed:
Not very good with accents from South of the Equator.


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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #33 on: December 16, 2015, 06:00:38 PM »

I enjoyed the programme - again.
My Dad told me the story about the whisky barrels and 'evaporation'   ok2 ok2
The trick was not to take too much from each barrel as that would be a giveaway. Dad said the drilled hole into which was inserted a straw to draw of a 'sample' was refilled with a mixture of putty and sheep-droppings which approximated the colour of the barrel to the scanning eyes of HM Customs.  O0

I might as well add here a pic of one of Dads last boats, the 'Jennie' of Larne. Not known where taken but probably in the early 40's. Sadly, she struck a reef off the north of the Isle of Eigg around 1950 with a full cargo of coal. her sister ship, the 'Lydia' was dispatched to offload some coal to assist re-floating, but unfortunately, due to rough weather, the Lydia got stuck as well and both vessels were lost. The second pic shows the remains of 'Jennie' after a heavy storm when her hull was washed into a crevice and all that remains to this day are slowly rusting awaw.

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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #34 on: December 16, 2015, 06:05:35 PM »

Under the hoops of the barrel is invisible. %)  An HP sauce bottle is em.. was considered an fair angel`s share.
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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #35 on: December 16, 2015, 11:07:25 PM »

Well?
Did anyone watch it?
Watched it last night and at the start
calling the Vic ,the last remaining puffer
I thought 'Here we go again' but it got better.
The researcher had got it mostly right and it
turned out nae bad.
Should please our Antipodean steamers that
The Vic's engineer was from Oz %)


Ned

'Spartan' is a museum exhibit at Irvine whose future afloat seems uncertain while the 'VIC 27' at the Crinan Boatyard remains under restoration as does the former 'Eldesa' (renamed 'Vital Spark of Glasgow') at Inverary. Thus it is reasonable to describe the 'VIC 32' as the last remaining operating puffer. Unless I've overlooked one?

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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #36 on: December 17, 2015, 09:24:03 AM »

There may be one in France or Belgium.   There  used to be one in NE England, small coastal town with maritime museum. Cant remember the name, might be Maryport ?????
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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #37 on: December 17, 2015, 02:19:10 PM »

Maryport has the maritime museum but I think the ship might have gone ,I'll as my sister she lives in Maryport up above the harbour .
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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #38 on: December 17, 2015, 02:29:36 PM »

Thanks David, I`m going back about 10 years, I think there was one there for a while.  I cant remember where I saw one on the Continent, Belgium maybe {:-{ ????
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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #40 on: December 17, 2015, 03:54:50 PM »

Is the Basuto still at Ellesmere Port?


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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #41 on: December 17, 2015, 08:39:02 PM »

Yes Ned, part of the Boat Museum Trust.
One of J&J Hay of Kirkintilloch boats. One of many named after tribes and warriors, ie.  Boer, Kaffir, Roman etc.
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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #42 on: December 17, 2015, 11:35:04 PM »

http://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/register/11/basuto


There's a dozen or so photos on the Basuto link above. Next time I go across I'll take some photos and post them up.


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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #43 on: December 18, 2015, 03:26:33 AM »

Hi All
I seen it on the kickass torrent site and downloaded it with utorrent.
I will check it out tonight.
Tasmania, Australia.
Oh, 29degrees C yesterday, same on Saturday(boating day) and 31degrees C Sunday. 
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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #44 on: December 18, 2015, 08:36:14 AM »

As my Puffer Guru pointed out to me, I did miss a few. Basuto is a floating exhibit at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, VIC 37 is/was at Maryport Maritime Museum and some of the very late motorships that operated into the 70's may still be knocking around in the world.  VIC24 was laid up down Plymouth way but is probably gone now. 
Kyles shifted to the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine base, after funding was withdrawn from Braehead base but I'm not sure she qualifies as a Puffer, although at 143 years old, she must be due some kind of award for longevity.

Thus, it can be said that the VIC32 is the last operational puffer in UK waters unless and until VIC27/Auld Reekie joins her.

The BBC 2 documentary gave the arrival of the CalMac ROROs as the reason for the demise of the puffers. What it didn't mention was that CalMac also received a Government subsidy that was never available to the puffers. Len Paterson's excellent 'Light in the Glens' gives a full explanation of this.

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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #45 on: December 18, 2015, 11:05:59 AM »

I watched it live on my laptop by logging on to BBC Scotland. I enjoyed it as did my Scottish relatives. Graham
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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #46 on: December 22, 2015, 12:32:20 PM »

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Re: Clyde Puffer BBC Scotland
« Reply #47 on: December 22, 2015, 05:01:28 PM »

VIC 99 is still afloat as a house boat about a mile down river of Stourport-on-Severn and can be seen on google maps.
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