In 1968 she was bought by W J Havens of London and when
subsequently based at Troon on the Clyde was renamed
In 1972 she was sold to Hugh Carmichael of Craignure on the
Isle of Mull who employed her still under the name "Eldesa"
carring timber up to the paper mill at Corpach and brining
back whatever reruen cargoes he could get, She was also
occasionally used on salvage work around the western isles -
reputedly mainly coal from sunken puffers!
In 1981 she had her
moment of international fame when she appeared (albeit briefly) with
Donald Sutherland in the film "Eye of the Needle", scenes
for which were shot on Mull.
Sold to Chris Nicholson
of Argyll in 1983 and became "Eliean Easdeal" of Easdale
Island Shipping of Oban in 1984.
When purchased by Archie McArthur at Inveraray, it was
intended that she be renamed as "Vital Spark" in honour of the
puffer of Para Handy fame. However, a fisherman had
already registered that name for his fishing boat and so
"Eilean Easdale" officially became "Vital Spark of
The vessel is currently powered by a 340bhp Saab engine
which is believed to be that with which she was re-engined
from steam in 1967. She has been
extensively restored and is now moored alongside at Inveraray
Pier on Loch Fyne as part of the "Invererary Maritime
The photographs below show her in three of her
guises: on top left when "Eldesa" at Ardrossan in 1971,
on the right as "Eilean Easdale" at Kyleakin on Skye in
December 1990 and at the foot, left as "Vital Spark of
Glasgow" at the Clyde River Festival in July 2007 and on
the right at Inveraray Pier on the 23rd September