The Clyde Puffer is a steamboat which was built in 1943 at the Dunston’s Shipyard in Yorkshire. Clyde Puffer has been well known for the last thirty years on the western coast and Hebrides island of Scotland. The Clyde Puffer is actually the Steam Lighter VIC 32 i.e. a Victualling Inshore Craft. The initial purpose of the boat was to supply coal and other important amenities to the remote islands. The Steam Lighter VIC 32 is not very fancy in character but just has the basic facilities. The financial resources with the boat also are constrained. The boat is presently under the control of a charity and the resources are limited. The boat has had some reworks recently like the redoing the deck of this ship, repainting the furniture etc. Due to the renovation expenditure the available resources have further come down. But efforts are being made continuously by the Clyde Puffer team to keep the boat in a good condition. Recently some grants have been given to Clyde Puffer to develop their holiday business. This will help Clyde Puffer to gentle sail through the smooth western coast of Scotland.
The current holiday that Clyde Puffer offers gives the experience of a typical steam boat sailing in the beautiful islands in an excellent weather offering wonderful scenic beauties.
Many adventurous activities may be explored when at the cruise. All the three meals-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are the Scottish meals that are generally served at the cruise. The holiday generally begins on a Monday and ends on a Friday. The boat is often at bay till Sunday so that the visitors may explore the boat and also the nearby areas while staying at the boat.