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Posted by Peter Ewell on 7/11/2020, 7:34 am, in reply to "Re: Correct!
...and I actually knew Tuscan was a puffer. She just looked the part better than anything else I had in 1/1250. Didn't slow Kevin down any :-)
Sorry but I don't think 'Tuscan' is really suitable for one of the 'fishing boats'. 'Tuscan' was a Clyde 'puffer', steel built & (generally) steam-powered, for working whatever cargoes were offered, in the Clyde estuary and surrounding waters. From personal experience they were good, solid steel built boats, with a large hold. There was no standard design but usually they were about 66' long (to fit the locks on the Forth & Clyde Canal), engines aft and often with the funnel foreward of the wheelhouse. A few, very few, puffers survive, including the lovely VIC.32 (which is not, strictly, a puffer, because she was built in England) sadly laid up this summer but which normally cruises.
The Norwegian fishing boats were a much more traditional design - there are a number of good pics on the www. They were generally wooden built, and well masted. One major difference is the motive power - steam in the 'puffer', but a 'semi-diesel' (hot-bulb). 'Hodur' is not Norwegian and a bit out of time but similar.
Herring drifter 'Hodur'
Brave Little Ships ...
The model is Deep C's Tuscan.
On a recent visit to Shetland, we visited the base at Sollum Voe on the north coast...very moving and very pretty...
The "Shetland Bus' - SOE shuttle between Shetlands and Norway, carrying agents and supplies.
The SC is one of 3 110' US SC's supplied to the operation. Neptun model. Not sure of the the fishing boat ( or model ) but fishing boats were used for much of the traffic.
The SCs in Norwegian service were:
Hitra, Vigra, and Hessa
The fishing boat looks to be one of the "Møre Cutters" from the area around Ålesund.
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