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Steam Yacht 'Rhouma I'

Photo credit: Kinloch Castle, Rum (Scottish Natural Heritage)

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Displayed in the Dining Room, the painting captures 'Rhouma' in all her magnificence at the 1896 Cowes Regatta. Built in 1893 and called 'Maria', the 670 ton, twin-screw yacht was purchased in 1895 by George Bullough and renamed 'Rhouma'. Two hundred and twenty-one feet in length, requiring a crew of 40, she carried a full set of sails, but was principally steam driven. Within two months of the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War on 11 October 1899, George Bullough converted 'Rhouma' into a hospital ship by erecting a framed, 20 bed canvas deck-house on the aft-deck, hiring nurses and doctors and sailing his yacht with a number of recruits to Table Bay, Cape Town.

Kinloch Castle, Rum (Scottish Natural Heritage)

Isle of Rum




oil on canvas


H 39 x W 58.5 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased as part of the Bullough Estate, 1957

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Charles Dixon/96


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Kinloch Castle, Rum (Scottish Natural Heritage)

Isle of Rum, Highland PH43 4RR Scotland

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