18/06/1844 - 08/1895
This paddle steamer enjoyed a long career. Built by Barr & McNab at the Abercorn Shipbuilding Yard for the Railway Steam Packet Company, owned by the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway. Launched June 1844. Fitted with steeple engine.
159.8 ft length, 17.8 ft breadth and 8.8 ft draft.
Transferred to G & J Burns 1846.
Bought by David Hutcheson & Co 1851.
1862 Following a stranding at Silvercraigs was taken to Barclay Curle^s Clydeholm Shipbuilding Yard for a major overhaul, being reboilered and both bow and stern replaced.
In the winter of 1875-1875 she was lengthened and a second funnel added.
186.6 ft length, 18.2 ft breadth and 9.2 ft draft.
To David MacBrayne 1879.
Withdrawn and laid up at Glasgow 1893.
Broken up August 1895.
Photographs exist of this vessel
Ambaile - PS Pioneer [I]
McLean Museum - PS Pioneer [I]
|/ /1844||Railway Steam Packet Company|
Two new ships delivered from the Abercorn Shipbuilding Yard of Barr & McNab: PS Pilot, PS Pioneer [I].
|/ /1862||David Hutcheson & Co|
Following a stranding at Silvercraigs PS Pioneer [I] was taken to Barclay Curle^s Clydeholm Shipbuilding Yard for a major overhaul, being reboilered and both bow and stern replaced.
|/ /1881||David MacBrayne|
PS Pioneer [I] (of 1844, but rebuilt several times) placed on the Oban to Craignure Pier service.