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Tuesday, 8 March 2011


Spartan was built in 1942 by J Hay & Sons of Kirkintilloch and launched into the Forth & Clyde canal, she was built for war service as VIC 18.

At the end of the war the VIC fleet was sold off and Hay's the original builder bought back VIC18 and registered her as "Spartan" on the 24th September 1946.
She was soon used to carry coal and general cargoes around the Firth of Clyde and as far as Mull, Iona and Islay.

Spartan ended her working career in 1980, when she was laid up at Bowling harbour.

She was restored in 2005 by the Irvine Maritime Museum,and in July 2008 with the help of a tug she made her way to Glasgow to attend the River Festival.

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