The 230-foot long, 871 ton, "Mastiff" was built by by J. & G. Thompson of Clydebank forMessrs. G. & J. Burns' Irish mail service and was fitted with a two cylinder steam compoundengine - In 1906, she was bought by Gibralter's Bland Line who, renaming her the "GibelDersa", ran her on the ferry service to Tangier until 1923, when she was withdrawn andscrapped at Genoa. The party returned to Wemyss Bay around 3 pm on Monday July 8, 1878 and, afterstrawberries and cream at Castle Wemyss, Burns' guests went their separate ways, "inmelancholy humour" says Trollope. The success of the expedition on the "Mastiff" seems to have enthused Burns to build himself a yacht and, as fortune would have it, Burns was able to employ one Alexander Wilson,formerly yachtmaster to James 'Paraffin' Young of Kelly House, Wemyss Bay, Young retiringfrom from yachting and disposing of his schooner 'Nyanza', she built by Robert Steele & Co. of Greenock in 1867 and, along with the 'Oimara', one of the first Clyde-built 'composite' yachts.In all, the successive members of the Inverclyde family would own eight yachts over thecourse of the next forty years, these all fairly typical of their time and some indeed havingquite interesting stories to tell.
220 tonsJohn Burns1879 - 1880 The 'Matador', rigged as an auxiliary 'steam schooner', was sold to a Col. Campbell of Glasgow in 1881 and then to one R. C. T. Blunt of Glasgow who had her until 1885, hertonnage increased under his ownership to 233 tons - She then disappears from The Royal Yacht Squadron list until 1888 when owned by one Capt. J. H. Bainbridge, R.N., he seeminglydisposing of her in 1900.
451 tons John Burns1882 - 1883
(I) 522 tonsSir John Burns Bart 18911883 -18902