Previous names

  • 1940 VIC 18
Certificate no 622
Status National Historic Fleet
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Details

Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Victualling
Location Irvine
Vessel type Victualling Inshore Craft
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No

Construction

Builder Hay, J & Sons, Kirkintilloch
Built in 1940
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None

Dimensions

Breadth: Beam
18.49 feet (5.64 m)
Length: Overall
66.66 feet (20.33 m)
Tonnage: Gross
97.00
Air Draft
To be confirmed

History

SPARTAN (ex-VIC 18) was built by J. Hay & Sons, Kirkintilloch, in 1940. VIC 18 was the only VIC known to have been built in a Scottish yard. After the war, she was sold to her builders, who also operated a puffer fleet, on 24 September 1946, and renamed SPARTAN. She was employed in carrying coal and general cargoes around the Firth of Clyde and as far as Mull, Iona and Islay. She was motorised with a Scantia diesel in 1961, and remained in the puffer trade - owned from 1974 by the Glenlight Shipping Company, an associated company of J. Hay. In 1980, she was withdrawn and laid up at Bowlingham, before being acquired in 1982 by the enthusiast group the West of Scotland Boat Museum Association. In 1983, she became a museum exhibit at the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, North Ayrshire. Source: Paul Brown, Historic Ships The Survivors (Amberley, 2010), updated Mar 2011.

Sources

Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, Edition 2, 1993  
Classic Boat: Cajuns on the Loch, December 1995
Ships Monthly: Clyde 'Puffers' - a review of their rise and decline, May 1981
Ships Monthly: Clyde 'Puffers' - a review of their rise and decline (continued), June 1981
Ships Monthly: The Story of the VICs - Part 2: Post War Service, August 1981 
Ships Monthly: The Story of the VICs, July 1981

Key dates

  • 1940

    Built by J Hay & Sons, Kirkintilloch for the Admiralty

  • 1946

    Sold to her builders and renamed SPARTAN

  • 1946-80

    Carried coal Moreand general cargoes around the Firth of Clyde as far as Mull, Iona and Islay

  • 1961

    Motorised with a Scantia diesel  and remained in the puffer trade

  • 1974

    Acquired by the Glenlight Shipping Company

  • 1980

    Withdrawn from service and laid up at Bowlingham

  • 1982

    Acquired by the West of Scotland Boat Museum Association

  • 1983

    Became a museum exhibit at the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, North Ayrshire

  • 1990s

    Appeared in the series of Para Handy tales

  • 2011

    Undergoing restoration

  • 2013

    Afloat at the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, as an exhibit

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