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Leading Star

 

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I had no record of this vessel until February 2014 when David McNeil (a descendant of the McNeil puffer-owning family of Greenock) sent me the press clipping below taken from the Glasgow Herald of November 4th 1897 recording her demise the previous morning. I still cannot trace anything about her other than her wreck record on the RCAHMS Canmore database which is singularly devoid of detail, and another reference to her wreckage having been washed ashore at Gourock after she went ashore at Kilcreggan.

I can find nothing else on this incident although clearly she wasn't a total loss as the Glasgow Herald of 23rd November 1898 reports a legal dispute between her owner and the Port Glasgow Harbour Authority over her sinking, yet again as the result of a collision in the harbour, this time on May 18/19 of that year. She was raised again on 6th June and taken to Greenock.

Leading Star is not listed in any of the Clyde Shipbuilders' records which exist, nor does she appear in any copy of the Mercantile Navy List to which I have had access. However, Canmore refers to her as an Iron steamship and the Herald article makes mention of her engineer having been saved, hence I give her the benefit of the doubt and include her here.