THE HE­LENS­BURGH

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

The Glas­gow Her­ald of Jan­uary 6, 1826 was ad­ver­tis­ing the Pad­dle Steamer He­lens­burgh.

The ad­vert stated the He­lens­burgh “plies between Ros­neath, He­lens­burgh, Greenock and Dun­glass, con­nect­ing with coaches between Glas­gow and Dun­glass dur­ing the time the river is frozen”.

The He­lens­burgh was built by Wil­liam Denny and Son of Dum­bar­ton, at their Al­bert Yard, with her en­gines built by the ‘Fa­ther of Clyde Ship­build­ing’ Robert Napier, a fa­mous Son of the Rock. The He­lens­burgh was the first steamer on the Clyde to have an iron mast. In 1827 she was one of the two fastest ships at the North­ern Yacht Club’s Au­gust Re­gatta and, sadly, in that year she ran down a ferry at Ersk­ine with the boat­man drown­ing.

In 1835 the He­lens­burgh was bought by the Wood­side, North Birken­head and Liver­pool Steam Ferry Com­pany, be­com­ing one of the fa­mous Mersey Fer­ries.

She was bro­ken up at Birken­head in 1845.

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