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PS Jeanie Deans

Builders: The Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd Govan 1931

Propulsion type: Paddle triple expansion

Owners: London North Eastern Railway

Service dates: 1931 - 1967

Tonnage: Net 259 Gross 635


Built for summer pleasure services, she was built as a paddler, rather than a turbine steamer of the type which had become more popular, as she needed a more shallow draught to visit the piers at Craigendoran and Helensburgh. Jeanie Deans was refurbished after her first season in that she had a deck shelter constructed forward of the bridge, after she was found to have insufficient shelter during poor weather. She also had her funnels increased in height after they were found to deposit grit on the passengers, something which was found rather annoying by those affected. By the outbreak of war she was the longest and fastest paddle steamer (at 18.5 knots) on the Firth. She saw war service as a minesweeper and then as an anti aircraft vessel on the River Thames (where she later returned as Queen of the South). She lasted on the Clyde until 1964 when she was withdrawn and sold to new owners on the River Thames. She suffered from poor reliabilitiy, lack of planning and funding and was very sadly sold for breaking up in 1967.

This picture of Jeanie has been sent to me by Bill Jardine, Editor, Holderness Gazette, East Yorkshire - late second cook, PS Waverley, 1977. It shows Jeanie Deans at Craigendoran and I am grateful to Bill for allowing me to show the picture here.

For some family pictures from the Mackay album, showing crew member Jack, his daughter Maggie, her sisters and mother please click here.

For some family pictures from the McLure album, showing a close up of Jeanie's bow and Margaret & Ellen McLure, please click here.

For a spendid painting of Jeanie by the marine artist Alfred Leete, please click here.

For a picture of Jeanie in World War 2 please click here.

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