Builders: J T Eltringham & Co, South Shields 1883
Propulsion type: Paddle, single cylinder side lever engines.
Owner: Dundee & Perth Steamboat Co, Cosens & Co
Service dates: 1883 - 1928
Tonnage: Gross 128
Thanks go to Capt. John Megoran for his help in identifying this vessel.
Built for excursion use on the Tay, Lass O'Gowrie was sold south to Cosens in 1889 and renamed Albert Victor. For Cosens she sailed out of Weymouth on excursion work during the season and undertook trips to Bournemouth and Lulworth Cove. At Lulworth Cove she would lay off and unload passengers by boat, rather than beach her bows in the more common way of her fleetmates. When conditions permitted she would also berth against one of the steamers already beached and would unload her passengers in this way. Built of iron, this small steamer also acted as tender to the warships anchored at Portland and she was employed as a transport ship around Devonport and Plymouth in the Great War. This card comes from "a very cold and wet" August 1910 and was posted at Bournemouth. The paddler in the background is likely to be either the Lorna Doone or Balmoral on a visit to Weymouth. Albert Victor lasted until 1928 when she was sold at the end of the season for scrap.
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