Admiralty Victualling Inshore Craft VIC 96 was built for the Navy by Dunstans of Thorne in Lincolnshire in May 1945, to a design based on the Clyde Puffers.
VIC 96 served at Sheerness Dockyard from 1946 to 1959 and then at Chatham Dockyard where she was known as C668 until August 1972. Sold out of the Navy, laid up in docks in the East End of London, sold to the steam ship Museum at Maryport and then sold again to Allerdale District Council, like so many redundant ships, VIC 96 suffered from broken and stolen fixtures and general deterioration. She even flooded and sank at her moorings and had to be pumped out and raised.
VIC 96 has been restored by a dedicated group of friends with one purpose, to return the ship to its former glory and maintain it as a working exhibit for all to see and experience. She is now at her homeport of Chatham No 1 Basin, in steam and attending events, both locally and across The Channel.
Master (1513 performance): Derek Gransden