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D.E.P.V. Talisman

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Talisman in the early 1960s approching Rothesay - Photo by Alexander Bain by kind courtesy of Donald Bain
Built in 1935 by A & J Inglis, Pointhouse, Glasgow, Scotland for the London & North Eastern Railway

Diesel-electric direct drive Paddle Steamer
Dimensions : 215 ft x 27 ft 8 in
544 Gross Registered Tonnes

Employed on year-round runs from Craigendoran to Rothesay and the Kyles of Bute
Revolutionary engines with 4 diesels attached to electric motor gave excellent fuel economy
War service as HMS Aristocrat included acting as a HQ ship at the Normandy landings
Ownership passed to the BTC and later to the Caledonian Steam Packet Co Ltd
Unreliability of the engines led to significant problems and eventual withdrawal in 1953
The withdrawal in 1953 of the slow PS Marchioness of Lorne led to a reprieve and re-engining
Talisman allocated to the Wemyss Bay - Largs - Millport ferry route, on which she was a success
Characterised by the din and vibration of her diesels but otherwise a popular vessel
Withdrawn after the 1966 season
Sold for scrap and broken up in 1967 by W H Arnott, Young & Co at Dalmuir, Scotland

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Above : In the late 1930s LNER livery. Many thanks to Michael Brown for supplying this Spencer post card from his collection

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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 : Talisman - photo by Jimmy Reid taken in the late 1950s (by kind courtesy of Ronnie McLeod)


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Above: At Fairlie in 1965 - by Gordon Stewart


TALISMAN IN CONTEMPORARY POST CARDS FROM THE GORDON STEWART COLLECTION


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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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