Steam Pilot Boat
Thank you to Walter Lyle Hume, formerly of
Newhaven, Edinburgh, now living in Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK, for providing
the photograph above.
This photo is of the Robert Hume, Newhaven Pilot, circa
1875, with experimental steam driven Pilot Launch.
Lyle Hume tells me that such boats were not not considered at the time to
be successful, the Pilots reverted back to sailing cutters right up to
1914 when petrol/paraffin engined boats were adopted.
Walter adds that before the Pilotage Act 1913 came into force, all
Licensed Pilots had to provide and operated their own boats.
This photo is in poor condition but nevertheless, interesting.
It is a cabinet print by A
W Steele who had studios in Leith from 1871 until 1891. The address on the back of this cabinet print is 45 Bernard Street, his
studio address from 1874 until 1887.
Most cabinet prints were studio photos, so it is good to see an outdoor
photograph from this photographer.