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Mary (1)

 

Builder  
Official Nr  
Yard Nr  
Launched pre-1900
Delivered  
Length c 66 ft
Beam

c 18 ft

Gross c 60 tons
Deadweight   
Engine  

Mary, like her contemporaries "Gartsherrie" and "Rebecca" she started life as a horse-drawn canal mineral barge, possibly for Baird's ironworks on the Monklands canal.

A contemporary record referring to Bairds states "For the canal traffic, there is a fleet of eighteen barges, of about sixty tons each; and eight of these are screw steamers. A great proportion of the manufactured iron is sent out by the canal".

Certainly by her appearance she was probably restricted to use on the canal and the docks of the upper Clyde - she was definately not designed as a sea boat.

After serving for several years as a grain elevator barge on the Clyde, she was broken up in 1958

The photograph below shows "Mary" centre, flanked by "Rebecca" and "Gartsherrie"

 

 

Photograph from the Dan McDonald collection courtesy of the Ballast Trust and reproduced under a Creative Commons license