The latest edition of Scottish Ferry News covers all known movements by members of the CalMac fleet in March and April 2023. It is available here. Like previous editions, it is available only to paid-up CRSC members.
If you wish to read this authoritative update on Clyde and West Highland ferry movements, and have not yet joined CRSC (introductory membership for the first year with full benefits: £15), click here.
Scottish Ferry News is an invaluable resource for enthusiasts and professionals who wish to track where vessels have been, what overhauls took place and which routes were affected by weather disruptions and vessel substitutions.
Congratulations and thanks to John Newth, compiler of Scottish Ferry News, for unravelling two months of ship movements that proved to be among the most complicated and unpredictable in CalMac’s recent history.
The new edition of CRSC’s Scottish Ferry News documents the west coast berthing trials of Alfred (the catamaran vehicle ferry on charter from late April), the continued charter of Arrow for the Stornoway-Ullapool freight service, and occasional charters of Larven, Shearwater and Spanish John II to cover for Lochnevis on the Small Isles service.
The March-April period found Hebridean Isles visiting Ayr, Troon, Birkenhead and Liverpool during a prolonged out-of-service spell. It also saw the resumption of CalMac services to Uig after the completion of pier reconstruction there, and the re-entry into service (and brief visit to Troon) of Clansman after her lengthy lay-off for repairs in King George V Dock, Govan.
Other topics covered are the visits of Isle of Mull to Lochboisdale, Lochmaddy and Uig, and Loch Frisa’s voyage to Troon in mid April for dry-docking — her first visit to the Clyde.
Plus plenty more valuable info.
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Thanks to Walter Bowie, Andrew Clark, Iain Erskine, Ken Mills and John Newth for photographs.
Published on 6 June 2023