A historic photograph of iconic 'puffers' Starlight and Craiglea docked at Greenock in the 1940s features in a Scottish Maritime Museum exhibition.

The photograph, depicting the vessels in 1949, features inside the hold of the last surviving Scottish-built puffer in Scotland - MV Spartan, currently within the North Ayrshire museum.

The permanent 'Spartan: Inside Out' exhibition charts the evolution of the puffers - vessels that could offer a lifeline service by delivering everything from cows, cars and cabbages to Scotland’s islands and remote coastal communities for over a hundred years.

Matthew Bellhouse Moran, Curator at the Scottish Maritime Museum, adds: "With the new Spartan experience, we continue to give our visitors engaging and exciting access to our collection of historic vessels and tell the fascinating stories of the inventors, sailors and engineers who made Scottish shipbuilding, engineering and design famous across the world.

"It’s wonderful to see visitors jump onboard and explore Scotland’s iconic and much-loved little puffer boat in a completely new way."