Wednesday, 23 January 2013

PS Duchess of Fife at Rothesay

The Caledonian team Packet Company paddle steamer Duchess of Fife, built 110 years ago by the Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd, Govan (same yard that is now building the largest sub-assemblies of the two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy). Duchess of Fife was requisitioned into the Royal Navy during both world wars and, thankfully, returned to the Clyde after both conflicts. She continued to serve the Clyde resorts until replaced (with others) by the four new diesel-engined passenger ferries, known collectively as 'the Maids', in 1953. In this view the 'wee Fife' is occupying the eastern end berth of Rothesay pier (the Berth 3 end), port-side-to for a quick get-away.

Picture from the album of my friend the late Mr John MacDonald of Mount Florida, Glasgow

Stuart Cameron