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DEPV Talisman (1935)    :  Diesel-Electric drive


Above : Talisman approaches Dunoon on 24th June 1966, seen in her final colours. Photo by kind courtesy of Tom Lee

Built in 1935 by A & J Inglis, Pointhouse, Glasgow, Scotland for the London & North Eastern Railway
Diesel-electric direct drive Paddle propulsion
Dimensions : 215 ft x 27 ft 8 in
544 Gross Registered Tons

Employed on year-round runs from Craigendoran to Rothesay and the Kyles of Bute for the London & North Eastern Railway
Despite good fuel economy, her engines gave regular trouble and she was withdrawn in the summer of 1939
War service as HMS Aristocrat included acting as a HQ ship at the Normandy landings
Ownership passed to the BTC in 1948 and later to the Caledonian Steam Packet Co Ltd
Unreliability of the engines led to withdrawal in 1953
PS Marchioness of Lorne was found to be too slow for her re-assignement to the Millport route, leading to a reprieve for Talisman
Talisman's diesels were replaced leading to better reliability
Characterised by the din and vibration of her diesels but otherwise a popular vessel,
Talisman was a success on the Wemyss Bay - Largs - Millport ferry route
Withdrawn after the 1966 season
Sold for scrap and broken up in 1967 by W H Arnott, Young & Co at Dalmuir, Scotland


Above : Talisman at Dunoon in 1951 by James Dobie (by kind courtesy of Gordon Provan). The following year her deckhouses were painted white to match the caledonian Steam packet livery ..... but her paddle wheels were to remain black for a little longer
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Above : Talisman - photo by Jimmy Reid taken in the 1952-1955 period (by kind courtesy of Ronnie McLeod)


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Above : Talisman at Rothesay on 10th August 1964, having just arrived from Largs - Photo by Ian Stewart


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Above: At Fairlie in 1965 - by Gordon Stewart


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Above : Talisman in the early 1960s approaching Rothesay - Photo by Alexander Bain by kind courtesy of Donald Bain


TALISMAN IN CONTEMPORARY POST CARDS FROM THE GORDON STEWART COLLECTION


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Above : Colours from the period spring 1952 to late 1955. In this period she sailed with white deckhouses but still retained her black "LNER" paddle boxes. This post card view by Valentine & Sons was still on sale in 1964. The webmaster posted this at Largs on 26th August of that year


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Above : From late 1955 to 1964 - full Caledonian Steam Packet Company colours - but not jet with blue hull and lions rampant on the funnel


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Bilbiography
Talisman : The Solitary Crusader
By Alan Brown
Published by Aggregate Publications, Johnstone, Scotland in 1980
Detailed story of this highly unusual and interesting vessel

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