Wednesday, 22 November 2017

J C Russell's Steam Yachts

CLANRANALD /MADGE / HINBA (courtesy James Michie)
Russell appears to have owned at least two if not three steam yachts at one time and another. Royal Highland Yacht Club records show him as visiting with a 37 ton steamer called RONA between 1906 and 1909. However the website Clydeships shows RONA registered to Russell from 1910 onwards, finally being disposed of by his widow in 1915.
Clydeships also shows Russell as the owner of MADGE  formerly CLANRANALD and originally intended for service on Loch Shiel. However, her draught was too deep and she was sold in 1902 and used as a yacht. MADGE was renamed HINBA in 1914 and lost off the Gold Coast (now Ghana) in 1924.
Lloyd’s Yacht Register indicates that Russell also owned another steam yacht, the GRYFFIN.