Ferry Company Manager
David Hutcheson was born in Fife in 1799 but he and his parents shortly moved to Port Glasgow. He worked his way through the ranks of the shipping industry and in 1851 he took over the successful Highland shipping company of J & G Burns of which he had been local manager. The new company involved his brother Alexander and friend David MacBrayne and continued to operate and improve the shipping and tourist services to the west Highlands. The shipping company was not only a transport and cargo service, it was a vital part of the remote communities of the west country of Scotland. David Hutcheson died in 1881 and was buried in the west country town of Peny-friar.
David McNutt was a partner in the Glasgow based firm McLeash and McNutt. He was a Scotsman but also a Southern American sympathiser and active in sourcing ships for the Confederacy.
Ships that David McNutt acquired for the Confederate cause:
• PS Rothesay Castle was bought in June 1863 and sold the following month to another company to run the blockade
• PS The Dare was bought in October 1863 for the Richmond Importing and Exporting Co.
• PS Beatrice was built in 1863 for McNutt and J.N. Sliddon of Liverpool and sold in August 1864 to run the blockade.
• PS Nola was owned by McNutt when it hit a reef 1st January 1864 while leaving Bermuda to run the blockade.
• PS Iona II was bought in January 1864 for Charles Hopkins Bostier and was wrecked en route to running the blockade in February 1864
• PS Stag (later Kate Gregg) was bought for the Atlantic Steam Packet Co. of Charleston and made three successful runs at the blockade from September to December 1864.
• PS Cuxhaven arrived in Nassau in December 1864 but returned to the UK without running the blockade
• PS Mary Ella arrived in Nassau in December 1864 but returned to the UK without running the blockade