Certificate no 2366
Status Archived


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Coastal
Location Manchester
Archive reason Disposed
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder McLean, Hugh & Sons Ltd, Govan
Built in 1934
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
15.50 feet (4.73 m)
6.50 feet (1.98 m)
Length: Overall
54.00 feet (16.47 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


LADY AILSA is a coastal cargo boat of timber construction, pitch pine on oak frames with a Gardner diesel engine model 61W. She was built in 1934 by Hugh McLean & Sons of Glasgow. Based at Girvan, LADY AILSA operated between Ailsa Craig and Ireland carrying granite to make curling stones. In the summer she was used as a passenger ferry.

During the Second World War she was used as a light ship. 2010 saw her based at Runcorn and in need of restoration, with LADY AILSA's ex skipper co-ordinating efforts to save her.  Unfortunately in 2016 this vessel was scrapped.

Key dates

  • 1934

    Vessel built by Hugh McLean & Sons of Glasgow

  • 2016

    Vessel reported to have been scrapped

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