Iron that Floats: The Vulcan

Vulcan barge
Credit: Donald Whannell
Vulcan Barge
Credit: Charlie Reilly
Vulcan Barge
Credit: Tommy Quinn
SS Vulcan replica
Credit: A W Fyfe
Garden Festival 'zone'

Water and Maritime

Sponsor, if appropriate

Monklands District Council

Type of object

Vehicle, boat or ship

Current situation

Known

Current location, if known

Summerlee Heritage Museum, Coatbridge (as at January 2022)

Notes

A replica, constructed at Linthouse, of what was almsot certainly the first iron-hulled passenger vessel (and the first iron-hulled boat built in Scotland). Now an exhibition & classroom at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life. A related boatshed also exists at Summerlee.

5 comments

  1. Justin Parkes says:

    Hi, the Vulcan is now an exhibition & classroom at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, which is in Coatbridge not Motherwell. More here including interviews with people who built the replica: https://www.culturenlmuseums.co.uk/story/the-iron-boat/ The boatshed that was part of the Festival exhibit is also at Summerlee.

    1. Thanks very much for the info, Justin! Correction and additions now made.

    2. Justin Parkes says:

      Sorry Lex, another correction: the original Vulcan was the first iron hulled boat built in Scotland but there are accounts of earlier iron-hulled boats in England. However, the Vulcan was almost certainly the first iron hulled passenger vessel.

      1. No problem, and thanks for keeping us right; your expertise is valuable here! (I’d drawn that conclusion from Note #1 on the relevant Wikipedia article, with reference to John Wilkinson’s ‘Trial’.)

  2. Another picture of the Vulcan replica

    SS Vulcan replica

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