📝 Clyde Puffer. Scratch Built.
11 months ago
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
This was my first scratch built model. I intended to use as much recycled material as possible. Have a habit of raking in skips, etc.
The Clyde puffer is a type of small coal-fired and single-masted cargo ship, built mainly on the Clyde , and which provided a vital supply link around the west coast and Hebrides of Scotland.
Built between 1856 and 1939, these stumpy little steamboats achieved an almost mythical status thanks largely to the short stories by Neil Munro.
Due to the poor road network up the West coast of Scotland these ships were vital in supplying the settlements with stores, coal, wood, etc. They also played a major part in the islands whisky
industry by providing coal, grain, etc and exporting the whisky
One unique part of the design was its flat bottom allowing it to be beached supplying settlements without piers or jetties.
These ships helped to cause their demise by supplying road stone to improved road network.
The name puffer came from a smaller scale ship built use on the Forth and Clyde Canal. Driven by a single cylinder steam engine the exhaust was piped into the funnel. The canal was a ready supply of fresh water removing the need for a condenser
. Hence the "puffing" .
The sea going version required a condenser
removing the puffing element but the name stuck.