Certificate no 11
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Lighter
Location Morcombe
Vessel type Clyde Puffer
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Jacks, W & Co, Port Dundas.
Built in 1902
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Steam
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Steam compound
Boiler type Vertical
Boilermaker Cradley Boiler Co
Boiler year 1961
Boiler fuel coal


Breadth: Beam
15.74 feet (4.80 m)
Length: Overall
65.90 feet (20.10 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



A true Clyde puffer, BASUTO was built in 1902 of steel by William Jacks & Co., Port Dundas, Scotland, for that company's own use on the Firth & Clyde canal.  In 1919, she was sold to J. Kelly & Co., Belfast, a coal-merchant.  In the 1920s, she was acquired by Cooper & Sons, of Widnes, and was converted into a dumb barge to carry sand and gravel.

Later, she was purchased by the Manchester Dry Docks Ltd and was returned to steam with a new engine. Her boiler dates from 1961 and was manufacturerd by the Cradley Boiler Company. In 1981, she was acquired by the Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port and placed on display there.

Source: Paul Brown, Historic Ships The Survivors (Amberley, 2010), updated Feb 2011.


Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelsonpp136, Edition 2, 1993 
Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles, Steam Boat Association of Great Britain, Edition 6, May 1994
The Boat Museum,The Boat Museum
Waterways World, March 1975

Key dates

  • 1902 Built in Port Dundas as a Clyde puffer
  • 1902-1919 Worked on the Forth and Clyde canal
  • 1919 Bought by a Belfast coal merchant to carry coal
  • 1920s Acquired by merchant in Widnes and converted to a Dumb Barge to carry sand and gravel
  • Date unknown Bought by Manchester Dry Docks and returned to steam
  • 1981 Acquired by the Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port

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