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PS Marchioness of Bute 

Above : Marchioness of Bute in the early 1890s in a photo believed to be taken by Alexander Hutson kindly supplied by Jeremy Hutson
Built by John Reid and Co in 1890
Single crank 2 cylinder compound diagonal engine 30 and 54 in x 60 in
Engineers : Rankin and Blackmore
Dimensions : 200.4 ft x 22.1 ft
246 Gross Registered Tons

Introduced on the Wemyss Bay - Rothesay service
Reboilered in 1901
Became a spare vessel in 1908 and was sold to D & J Nicol for service on the Tay
Served as a minesweeper at Portsmouth in World War I and, as a hospital ship, ventured as far as Archangel.
Laid up after the war and scrapped in 1923

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