PS Madge Wildfire

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View of the paddle steamer in Caledonian Railway colours, on the Clyde, with new paddle box and bridge forward.

This photo is not scanned. You can see the original in the Archives in Callendar House

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Launched as Madge Wildfire in May 1886 at Ayr and engined by Hutson & Corbett at Kelvinhaugh, Glasgow. Operated by the CR 1891-1902, then the CSPCo. Sold in 1911 to Alexander William Cameron of Dumbarton then sold to Buchanan's in 1913 and re-named 'Isle of Skye'. Spent the war as HMS Isle of Skye, an Admiralty tender at Invergordon. Bought by Grangemouth and Forth Towing Company on 2 March 1927 for £1875. She was brought round the north of Scotland by Captain Leitch, arriving at Grangemouth on 10 March. Named changed to Fair Maid on 9 May and commenced cruising on Sunday 5 June 1927. Served for 13 seasons until 1939.. A new boiler and funnel were fitted in 1928 and a new bridge in 1934. She operated from Leith to Aberdour and Kirckcaldy, in the summer., and charters from Bo'ness, Grangemouth and Alloa. She wintered in Grangemouth harbour. Destinations from Grangemouth included Aberdour, Kirkcaldy, Alloa, Forth Bridge and in August 1928, South Queensferry. During WWII she was a tender (RN25) on the Clyde. (Source 'Clyde Steamers', No 24, Summer 1988)
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