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Re: Correct! - The VICs ...
Posted by Tim Hudson on 7/11/2020, 10:59 am, in reply to "Re: Correct!
were built to 'Government order'. (VIC = Victualling Inshore Craft). In effect they were 'puffers', but since I think they were all built in England they were not 'technically' 'puffers', because a 'puffer' has to be built on the banks of the Clyde. They got everywhere, and as you saw, the majority had the funnel before the wheelhouse.
I think the Vic Puffers were built for the Royal Navy in WW2. They served as tenders etc. After the war. I think selling off the surplus caused an over supply of vessels at the same time as increasing competition from road transport. The Puffers made a lot of use of the Crinan Canal which cut out a long voyage round the Kintyre peninsula. They were built so the cargo could be loaded and unloaded on beaches at low tide.
Normally the funnel was forward of the wheelhouse.
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