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PREFERRED TERM
PUFFER  
SCOPE NOTE
  • Small steel-built trading vessel with a capacious hold, able to take the ground for loading, and sized to pass through the central Scottish canals. In their original form, they were powered by non-condensing steam engines. Later examples were built as military service craft under the designation Victualling Inshore Craft or VIC, and powered by diesel engines: the term puffer is applied to both types. Many of the losses recorded as steam lighters were probably vessels of this type. The puffer has become a Scottish icon through the Para Handy books and television series; several examples are preserved.
ATTRIBUTION NAME
  • RCAHMS
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  • http://purl.org/heritagedata/schemes/3/concepts/501954
DATE ISSUED
  • 7/17/13
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URI
http://purl.org/heritagedata/schemes/3/concepts/501954
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