Early Hamilton puffer- first Glencloy

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Rosaburn
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Early Hamilton puffer- first Glencloy

Post by Rosaburn » Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:36 pm

Built at the back of Brodick beach in 1895 to replace the trading schooner Brodick. My Great grandfather Adam Hamilton, two sons George and Gavin (and some extras!) built her themselves from Arran larch trees.
They started in 1893, and launched her in April of 1895, in among working the Schooner when they could. The 6 trees forming most of her were chosen by Adam from the Estate woods, to suit her construction. The were taken to Fulleton's sawmill in Ardrossan and made into 2 1/4" planks, knees and so on. The topsides were pitch pine, from Fred Bent's sawmill, and brought over on the deck of the steamer(the first Glen Sannox was just new and so broad in the beam the planking was laid across her decks and pushed over the side at Brodick, then towed to the "yard")
Ever caring about cost, her mast and boom were second hand from a big schooner which went aground in Lamlash. The sails were taken from the Brodick as they were quite new. They were made a little bigger to suit the new puffer. She was launched on the mast and boom, on a big tide, and towed closer to the beach to be finished off. They got the shaft fitted, but no engine. They persuaded the Arran Estates to let them load sand to keep the shaft in the water. That was done by hand. A barrow and a plank - about 50 tons.
She was sailed over to near Brodick pier, sails dropped, then towed by tug up the Clyde to Kingston Dock.At West St. They sold the sand the next day and set about preparing for the engine delivery. It wasn't straightforward, since nobody had ever installed an engine before (or sailed a steamer)
They had their first cargo of coal the instant the engine was fitted - and in the true Hamilton tradition of always sailing with a paying cargo, that was the start of a long association with the steam coasting trade.
There's a lot more to it, but this is an introduction that might fill some gaps in knowledge..?

Graeme
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wee glencloy build .jpg
The build 1894 by courtesy of Graeme Wallace
wee glencloy launch.jpg
The launch 1895 by courtesy of Graeme Wallace
first glencloy_working .jpg
Digging sand by hand. by courtesy of Graeme Wallace
Punting out sand to finish off.JPG
punting sand - by courtesy of Graeme Wallace

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Re: Early Hamilton puffer- first Glencloy

Post by wreckmaster » Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:57 pm

Thanks Graeme, great article .

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Re: Early Hamilton puffer- first Glencloy

Post by valeman » Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:19 pm

Fascinating!
Graham Lappin

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More Hamilton exploits

Post by Rosaburn » Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:56 pm

It wasn't all done by a barrow and a plank, some quite serious quantities of sand and gravel were moved on the west coast- mainly as return cargo. notice & chart , First 2 scans

It was not always plain sailing heading North either.. KyleRhea caused difficulties in the past! I've been through there several times and occasionally met commercial traffic. The restriction of the channel if there are tidal turbines does not bear thinking about.


Second 2 scans - Collision report and chart extract.

Graeme
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Shingle Loch Linhe.JPG
Courtesy of Graeme Wallace
The spit west of Onich.jpg
Courtesy of Graeme Wallace / Garmin charts
Collision.JPG
Courtesy of Graeme Wallace
Kyle Rhea.jpg
Courtesy of Graeme Wallace / Garmin charts

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