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No: 3740   Contributor: Lee Brown   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: United Kingdom
Vital Spark

VIC 72 VITAL SPARK is one of the last surviving 'puffers' sailing today. She was built at Hull in 1944 and was used to replenish warships in harbour hence VIC Victualling Inshore Craft. VIC 72 is normally based at Inveraray but was pictured at the Holy Loch Marina in August 2009 having just returned from the Glasgow River Festival.
Picture added on 30 October 2009 at 15:39
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Hi Lee,
Great picture, was this vessel, used in any T.V.series

Added by James Burrows on 05 November 2009.
Thanks for putting this on, I found what I was looking for on Youtube as a result.

Added by Andrew Wright on 29 November 2009.
I found a few fact's that may be of interest.

Fact File:
Length Overall: 20.36 metres (66.8 feet) Breadth (18.5 feet) Depth (11.5 feet)
Net Tonnage: 41

Gross Tonnage: 132 (originally 96)

Draught fully laden: 10.5ft fore and 11.5ft aft
Construction: Steel Hull with Steam Engine (later converted to Diesel Engine)
Builder: 1944, S & D Brown of Hull

1944 - 1984, VIC 72 - named Mercantile Eldesa
1984 - 2001, Merchant Carrier- renamed Eilean Eisdeal
(Operated by The Easdale Shipping Company her cargos included coal, hay, fish food, seaweed, kit homes, and assorted general cargo, and ran all over the West Coast of Scotland and as far south as Liverpool..)
2001 - 2005, Maritime Exhibit at Inveraray Pier
2005 - purchased by the new owners of the Inveraray Maritime Experience with plans well underway to preserve her.
2006 - renamed Vital Spark of Glasgow

Added by Richard Simpson on 14 January 2011.
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