Black and white photograph of a coal puffer at Hynish pier.
The coal puffer `Starlight` at Hynish pier, c. 1920 – 1940.
Other Number: B3
Coal delivered by `Starlight`Deliveries of coal were made by coal puffer all around the coast of Tiree so that it could be off-loaded closest to where it was needed. At Hynish the puffer tied up to the pier, depositing the coal into waiting horse-drawn carts. Where there was no pier, such as Balinoe and Balephetrish, the puffer dropped anchor close to the beach at high tide so that carts could draw up alongside the beached boat at low tide.