Sold in December 1963 to Turner & Hickman of Glasgow and then 3 months later on to J A White & Co of St Davids on the Forth estuary, ostensibly for scrapping. She was saved from this fate in 1970 by Keith Schellenberg, a steam enthusiast, who sailed her to Whitby, Yorkshire, where she lay for the next five years.
In 1975 she was bought by Nick and Rachel Walker and sailed to London where over the next 3 years she was converted for passenger carrying, being fitted with a raised galley and saloon, as well as six twin berth cabins.
Three years later Nick and Rachel sailed her north again, up the North sea and down the Caledonian Canal, and from their base at Crinan now use her to offer week-long live-aboard holiday cruises around the West Coast and Clyde Islands. They can be contacted via The Puffer Preservation Trust
She was awarded the Montague Trophy for expertise and initiative in steam in 1977, and the Steam Heritage Award in 1987 When she had to be re-boilered in 2006 (see link opposite) her new one was built as an exact replica of the original. It delivers its steam to her original 1943 engine.
VIC32 is now owned by a charity, The Puffer Preservation Trust Co Ltd.,
The top row of photographs below were kindly provided by Patrick Hill following his cruise on VIC32 in 2008. All are Patrick's Copyright 2008.
The lower row, all of VIC32's engine room, were kindly provided by Paul Hunter and are his Copyright 2013.