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Glen Rosa (1893)

Above : Photo from the Peter Rolf collection reproduced by kind courtesy

Launched on May 31st, 1893 by J & G Thomson of Clydebank
306 Gross Tons
Compound diagonal steam engines, 26 and 55 in x 54 in
Dimensions : 200' x 25'

Purchase price - GBP 17500
Utility steamer used in a variety of roles, including off-season ferry services to Arran
Her Board of Trade Certificate allowed her to sail as far south as Stranraer
Unusual design for a Clyde Steamer, with the main deck forward raised to the level of the mainrail, shared by her sister "Minerva".
Trials completed on June 27th, 1893. Average speed was 17.75 knots
World War I service as a minesweeper in Belfast Lough and off the Irish coast as HMS Glencross, later moving to Swansea
Returned to make the Fairlie and later Wemyss Bay to Millport and Kilchattan Bay service her own
Reboilered in 1926 and at the same time the Bridge was moved forward of the single funnel
Transferred to the CSP in 1938 and laid up at Greenock in the following year
Sold for scrapping at Dalmuir in August 1939 and dismantled before a wartime call up might have offered her a reprieve

Above : Glen Rosa off Skelmorlie on 23rd June 1923 sporting the short-lived funnel colours adopted that year on the amalgamation of the railways. The yellow, red and black funnel was an attempt to represent the combined fleets of the Caledonian Steam Packet Company and the London & South Western Railway as part of the newly-formed London, Midland & Scottish Railway. The two fleets remained nominally separate under the new structure
Photo by kind courtesy of Alasdair Young.  Photographer unknown. Negatives purchased by Alasdair Young

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