Auld Reekie – Puffer

WHAT A HISTORICAL PRIZE!!!!!

Johnny Jones

The Puffer featured here in my books is the Auld Reekie, one of the last to be built for the Royal Navy in 1943. It was built by Isaac Pimblott at Northwich on the River Weaver in Cheshire.

When it was subsequently demobbed, it plied its civilian trade around the western seaboard of Scotland. Victuals Inshore Craft (V.I.C. No 27) was initially designed, fitted out and registered as a shore-to-ship water carrier. She originally worked out of Rosyth then later at Scapa Flow before moving to the west coast of Scotland. She was one of a number of different types of puffer that were engaged in cargo trade; their size and means of propulsion depended upon whether their main use was to be in canals, river estuaries, or the more exposed coastal sea routes.

The nickname Puffer came from the distinctive puff-puff sound that emanates from the funnel while theā€¦

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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