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Starfinch

 

Builder P McGregor Kirkintilloch
Official Nr 139459
Yard Nr
Launched 1921
Delivered
Length 75.2 ft
Beam 18.6 ft
Gross 114 tons
Nett 53 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound

At 75 feet she was too long to navigate the Forth and Clyde canal to the river after her launch at Kirkintilloch and so, as was McGregor practice with such vessels, her bow section was stowed in her hold for the sail down to Bowling where it was riveted on at Scotts' slipway by McGregor's own men.

Delivered to Welsh owners E H Bennett of Newport, presumably for use as a collier, she was brought back to the Clyde prior to 1930 under the ownership of George M Paterson of Greenock, during whose ownership she was reported of having been seen beached at Loch Feochan unloading coal. 

Purchased by J & J Hay in 1950 .who traded her as far afield as Ireland and has been reported to me as having been seen beached at Culmore Point near Londonderry having her hull cleaned.

After just two years with Hay, on 18th February 1952, when on passage from Troon to Castlebay, Barra, with a cargo of coal, she started to take on water in heavy weather and lost power when she was 15 miles east of Oigh Sgeir (Hyskeir) in the southern Minch near the Small Isles. She was taken in tow by the Milford trawler "Maythorne" but sank off Ardnamurchan the following day. As she went under, her crew of five, including her skipper Cyrus Alexander, jumped off into the sea. Fortunately all were rescued by the "Maythorne".  A tragic footnote to the rescue is that the skipper of the "Maythorne" on that day, Harry Rich, was lost with his entire crew of eight less than a year later when his trawler, the "Richard Crofts", hit a reef and sank off the Isle of Tiree.