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The new edition of CRSC’s Scottish Ferry News documents the travails of two CalMac workhorses — Caledonian Isles’ long sojourn at James Watt Dock, Greenock (out of service since 6 January), and Clansman’s first visit to King George V Dock, Govan (22 January), almost immediately after returning from overhaul on the Mersey and still not back in service at the end of February.
The January/February period saw overhauls on the Clyde for Argyll Flyer, Loch Bhrusda, Loch Fyne, Loch Shira and Isle of Lewis (including her visits to King George V Dock and Troon), as well as Hebridean Isles’ spells at Troon and Ayr, and numerous weather-related service disruptions for Loch Seaforth — dates for all of which are recorded in Ferry News.
Also noteworthy was the arrival of Arrow from Larne on 15 January, chartered for the Stornoway-Ullapool freight run but not commencing service until a full month later.
Another significant charter was that of Islander, from Oban Sea Tours, which filled in on the Tobermory-Kilchoan service for a few days in the last week of January — taking over from Loch Riddon, which then spent four weeks on the Oban-Lismore service (deputising for Loch Striven).
Isle of Mull and Lord of the Isles have the longest entries in this edition of Ferry News, due to their tireless service to the Inner and Outer Hebrides. The trouble-free entries for Loch Buie and Loch Frisa are notable, the latter operating the Oban-Craignure service on her own for all but three days in the January-February period.
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Thanks to Allan Smith, Walter Bowie and Andrew Clark for photographs.
Published on 19 March 2023