I have not yet unearthed any formal records on her whereabouts between
1948 and being bought in 1965 by Irvine Shipping &
Trading Co. and renamed “Lady Isle” but I have been
contacted by Peter M. Herbert's daughter
Victoria who tells me that she was owned by him
at one time and named "Victoria", which was possibly during this
With Irvine Shipping in name at least she replaced
the original "Lady Isle", ex VIC7, which was lost in 1956. and
life on board her is brilliantly, and sometimes
hilariously, described by Keith McGinn in his
autobiography "The Last of the Puffermen". Keith
also believes that "Lady Isle" was converted from steam to
diesel in either 1963 or 4.
1974 – sold to Scapa Shipping
Ltd on the Forth and known to have operated in and around
Scottish East Coast ports for a few years thereafter.
1981 – last reported in St
David's Harbour on the Forth awaiting scrapping.
The photograph on the left
shows a coal-carrying rail wagon being discharged into her
hold at Troon in 1966. Is that as precarious as it looks?
Below right in 1974 at an unrecorded