Ferry News summary June-September

LOCH FYNE and LOCHNEVIS at Mallaig, 8 August 2020

Loch Fyne (foreground) and Lochnevis in Mallaig Harbour on 8 August 2020. One of the most noticeable changes in the summer period was the reappearance of a new-look Loch Fyne following her spring refit at Garvel Dry Dock, Greenock. The original twin masts were removed, and in their place came a simplified single-mast arrangement for her navigation lights, fitted above the wheelhouse and projecting over the car deck. Her sister, Loch Dunvegan, is being similarly treated during her current refit

The June-September edition of Scottish Ferry News, compiled by John Newth, is available here.

It covers all known movements by members of the CalMac fleet during the summer of 2020, starting on 1 June and continuing up to 30 September — a period marked by ongoing restrictions on travel to the islands. Previous editions of Scottish Ferry News can be found here.

This latest edition documents Caledonian Isles’ heroics on 3 September (the day of the Waverley breakdown), Loch Bhrusda’s spell on the Small Isles service, Carvoria’s annual overhaul at Barcaldine and Loch Linnhe’s wide-ranging peregrinations (Colintraive, Campbeltown, Gigha South Pier, Oban, Lismore, Kilchoan, Portavadie, Craighouse and Lochaline).

It also provides dates for the special livestock sailings from Colonsay given by Clansman and Finlaggan, the ‘support sailing’ to Tiree by Isle of Mull, the unique call at Brodick by Lochnevis, and the various weather disruptions suffered by Isle of Arran, as well as her dry-docking at Aberdeen. Plus plenty more.

CRSC’s Scottish Ferry News is an invaluable resource for enthusiasts wishing to track where vessels have been, what overhauls have taken place and which routes have been most affected by disruptions/service alterations.

Archived Newsletters issued in previous winter sessions may be found here.

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Largs was one of many ports visited by Loch Linnhe (right) during the summer. She is pictured on 9 September with Loch Shira and Loch Riddon

Isle of Arran arriving at Brodick on the evening of 3 September: she was unable to take Waverley’s stranded passengers back to the mainland, and in the end it was Caledonian Isles that came to their rescue in a late evening unscheduled sailing to Ardrossan

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Published on 11 October 2020