Clyde puffer offers a trip back in time at Crinan

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Evoking the spirit of Para Handy, the crew onboard the Vic 32 were calling on seafaring visitors to swap land for sea last weekend.

The restored 1940s puffer moored up alongside Crinan pier over the weekend where skipper Nick Walker and his trusty crew took people on trips around Crinan Bay.

The trips were free and the crew allowed access into the wheelhouse to get a real flavour of life on board one of these charismatic working steam vessels.

The Puffer Preservation Trust, the organisation tasked with conserving the Vic 32, provided these hour-long excursions to raise awareness of the need to preserve this historic vessel.

Despite the temperamental weather, the trips proved popular with local families and visiting tourists as the pier was bustling with maritime enthusiasts.

Ken Groom, a passenger on one of the trips, said: ‘Thanks to the crew of the Puffer Vic 32 and the Puffer Preservation Trust for a wonderful trip round Crinan Bay. The weather on Sunday couldn’t spoil the day – it was smashing.’