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John Allan

In the summer of 1802 Symington brought in John Allan, possibly from Leith, to build a longer narrower boat which measured 65 feet long, 16 feet broad and 8 feet deep. The boat took shape in Hartís Grangemouth yard and was ready towards the end of 1802. It seems likely that some trials would have taken place in December 1802 because she proceeded along the canal from Hamiltonhill to Glasgow in early 1803 towing an 80 ton sloop. Steering problems were encountered on some sharp bends but these were overcome with a simple solution. Minor alterations were made to the boat and by the end of March she was ready for the successful trial which took place on 28 March 1803.

John Allan became known as a talented shipbuilder in his own right and by 1808 had set up his own yard on the Carron.

Sadly, Lord Bridgewater died in March 1803, just weeks before the trial took place, and the order he had placed for 8 steam tugs was cancelled.