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'The Cigar steamboat referred to was designed and built about 1829 by Mr. Neil Snodgrass, cotton spinner, Glasgow. It consisted of two long iron tubes, each resembling a cigar in shape, connected together, with a space between them for the paddle-wheel. A wooden house or cabin was erected on the deck. This peculiar craft was tried on the Clyde for a short time but was found very difficult to manage. She ran into and sank a smack, and on another occasion "ran tilt against Port-Glasgow pier, the ends of the cigars being so driven into the wooden logs that a tug had to be applied to draw them out." Being found unsuitable for Clyde traffic, the idea appears to have been entertained that she could be employed on Loch Lomond. She was however laid aside, and, about 1840, was moored off Glasgow Green for the use of bathers, the saloon being converted into a refreshment room.'

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