The VIC56 is an 85-foot steamship, constructed in 1945 as part of the wartime shipbuilding programme, and now preserved in working order by a small group of volunteers. Vic 56 is technically a steam coasting lighter or a "puffer". She is one of the 98 Victualling Inshore Craft built to the orders of the Ministry of War Transport between 1941 and 1945, which were a part of the enormous Government wartime ship-building programme.
VIC 56 was one of two built by Pollocks of Faversham. Henry Clearly, the owner of VIC56, will be coming to speak about the boat at a members and guests evening. With efforts to create a Heritage Harbour here in Faversham now is a good time to consider whether VIC56 should come home to Faversham.
Further information about VIC56 is available on her website http://www.vic56.co.uk