The Hampshire Advertiser Saturday 15th June 1872
Launch - On Wednesday a large steam water tank was very successfully launched from the building yard of Mr Alfred Blanchard, the ceremony of christening being performed by Miss Eliza Blanchard, eldest daughter of Mr Alfred Blanchard. The vessel, which was named the Fanny, was immediately taken to the Town Quay, where her boiler was placed on board, and she is now very rapidly approaching completion. We have no doubt the Fanny will be found a great boon to yachtsmen and others, who have long felt the want of some better means of obtaining a fresh supply of water.
The Hampshire Advertiser Wednesday 16th October 1872
The Steam Water Tank - Some few months since, Mr Alfred Blanchard, shipbuilder, of Crosshouse hard, Southampton, launched a water tank for supplying ships and yachts with water, and she has proved a great boon, especially while the American fleet were lying in our river, as was acknowledged by the commanders and officers of the vessels, and yachts and other craft have found her equally advantageous. The tank, which is named the Fanny, was built as a steamer and was fitted with engines, designed and made by Lane and Son, very simple in their construction, but combining all the latest improvements. Since she has been launched she has sailed nearly the whole of the time, but lately her machinery has been finished. She has been fitted with a new propeller, and on Saturday afternoon went for a trial trip with a large party on board, and when she fully answered all the expectations that had been formed respecting her, proving herself a good vessel, and obtaining a high rate of speed, especially when it is considered she had thirty tons of water in her tank - she will carry fifty. The pump she has on board is of a very powerful nature, and being worked by steam, the Fanny is well adapted for running alongside a vessel on fire and pouring water into her, while she will be found useful for towing, raising moorings, carrying cargo, &c, altogether a very useful addition to the appliances for shipping at the port.
The Hampshire Advertiser Wednesday 2nd July 1873
Fire On Board A Water Tank - On Sunday afternoon a fire was discovered on board the steam water tank Fanny, belonging to Mr Blanchard, and lying off the Town Quay. As the Hythe steamer was coming across from Hythe just after 3 o'clock the captain saw smoke issuing from the skylight of the tank and immediately suspected she was on fire. He landed the passengers at the Town Quay, quickly steamed off alongside the Fanny, and found she was on fire in the after part. With assistance he very soon extinguished the flames, but considerable damage was done. It is fortunate that the captain observed the smoke thus early, or the consequences might have been much more serious. There was no one board the tank at the time.
In November 1873, after having been repaired, the Fanny assisted another vessel, the Three Brothers, which was on fire in the Itchen, assissting the Fire Brigade to extinguish the flames. In 1881 the Fanny was once more herself damged by fire.
The Hampshire Advertiser Wednesday 14th December 1881
Fire At The Town Quay - On Saturday night, Francis Gregory, Customs Officer, discovered a fire in the deck house of the steam water tank Fanny, lying near the Town Quay, belonging to Alfred Blanchard of Lower Canal Walk, but with the assistance of Police constables Longman and Fielder, and other willing hands, it was extinguished before much damage was done.