All tickets please — the full 26-part series


Since January 2018, CRSC Honorary Secretary Eric Schofield has delighted readers of this website with recollections of the sailings he has made over the past half century and more — a treasury of memories inspired by the tickets he bought and the photographs he took.
Few enthusiasts can claim to have preserved their sailing records so assiduously or to have built such a rich variety of sea-going experiences on Scotland’s west coast and beyond.
In its own way ‘All tickets please’ has been every bit as epic as the most ambitious of Eric’s excursions, whether he was landing at some out-of-the-way ferry point in the Hebrides or exchanging ships at any number of piers on a packed day’s sailing on the Clyde.
We are extremely grateful to Eric for allowing us to accompany him on his travels and giving us such vivid pictures — mental and photographic — of the sort of sailings that were once commonplace but can now be undertaken only in the mind’s eye. Even with the limited variety of routes available to us today, we can be confident Eric will make the most resourceful use of them. Let’s hope he will continue to bring them to life on these pages.
ALL TICKETS PLEASE — THE COMPLETE LIBRARY
Excursion to Ardrishaig with return journey up-river to Glasgow
Helensburgh to Holy Loch Cruise
Ardgour to Nether Lochaber (Corran)
Princes Dock to Ardrishaig and back via the Millport Illuminations
Campbeltown to Craigendoran
Campbeltown to Red Bay
Arran Embarkation Tickets and Brodick/Craigendoran single
Tobermory to Drimnin
Gourock/Kilcreggan return
The Short Sea Route and Larne/Islandmagee ferry
Up-river to view QE2 before launch
Glenfiddich pub menu (holiday trip to Denmark)
Midsummer amendments at Oban
Oban to Oban via Craignure, Lochaline and Corran
Cairnryan to Belfast with Stena Line
Visits to Gigha over the past 50 years
Unusual visits to Mull
By Clansman and Caledonian Isles to Arran
Scotland’s turntable ferries
The Day Sea Rover
Half-Day Excursion to the Holy Loch in the late 1960s
Glasgow to Lochboisdale and back in a day within pandemic restrictions
Two CRSC special sailings in May 1971
Early Starts for Evening Circle Cruises
Memories of the Erskine Ferry
David MacBrayne Ltd’s Runabout Ticket 1967
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Published in early September 2021