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: Mercury off Greenock on 15th September 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
Launched on April
18th 1892 by Napier, Shanks and Bell at Yoker
Engines : Compound Diagonal, 33 and 62 in x 60 in by D Rowan and
Dimensions : 220.5 ft x 26 ft
378 Gross Registered
A sister to
Neptune, Mercury closely followed her out of the yard at Yoker.
Stationed at Greenock for the Rothesay and Kyles of Bute trade.
Reboilered in 1912
Requisitioned by the Admiralty for minesweeping and was posted to
Suffered damage by hitting mines on two occasions but survived the
Returned to Clyde service in 1920 and served until the end of the
Broken up by Wards at Barrow.
Glasgow and South Western Railway
British Paddle Steamer