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Posted by DAVID ALCOCK on 7/12/2020, 12:37 am, in reply to "Apologies....
even knowing straight off it was a puffer i got that it was the bus!, the early runs using ex Norwegian fishing boats and fishermen! took several days and could withstand basic inspection by the Germans, the SCs did the trip overnight and could fight or outrun the inspection vessels if intercepted.
part of the effect of the agents carried was to convince Hittler that Norway was still the number one invasion site and so retain millions of troops that could have been better used elsewhere!
...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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