in 1904 and sailed with Hay's until
sold to Arran Shipping Ltd of Irvine in 1929. She was
re-registered there in 1935. One remarkable feat associated
with the Roman in this second part of her life is that
for the almost 29 years she spent with Arran Shipping she was
skippered by one man, the Company's owner, Alastair Kelso of Corrie.
In Arran Shipping's ownership her principal trade
was taking coal to the island's villages from the railheads
and Irvine. Initially she would normally return to the mainland
in ballast but as the Forrestry Commission's plantations on the island matured, she
often had return cargoes of pit props, which were loaded
at King's Quay near Brodick Castle.
Roman had one partially documented
brush with Davy Jones Locker when, one stormy winter
day, a coil of rope was swept from her deck and fouled
her propellor as she approached Irvine Harbour. Fortunately her plight
was spotted by the coastguard who despatched the Irvine
Harbour Trust's 1887-built steam paddle tug "George Brown" to her
rescue. (I hanv't yet been able to discover anything
further on this incident and so if you know of it I would
appreciate your getting in touch).
Eventually the cost of maintaining Roman to survey
standards coupled with a drop in trade forced Arran Shipping
to sell her for scrapping and she arrived at West of Scotland
Shipbreaking Co Ltd at Troon on 17/12/1957.
As a footnote,
the "George Brown" also ended her lengthy career at West of Scotland Shipbreaking
just under a year before "Roman".
The photograph on the left below is of
Roman in Hay colours unloading potatoes at Kilchattan Bay on
the Isle of Bute in 1923. On the right and now with Arran Shipping she is seen grounded at
the mouth of the Black Water at Blackwaterfoot on