Ferry News March-April

On 16 March Isle of Lewis made one of her periodic visits to Craignure, where she cuts an unusual profile in Iain Erskine’s drone photograph

The latest edition of Scottish Ferry News covers all known movements by members of the CalMac fleet in March and April 2022. It is available here.

Meticulously compiled by John Newth, Scottish Ferry News is available only to paid-up CRSC members. It is an invaluable resource for enthusiasts wishing to track where vessels have been, what overhauls took place and which routes were affected by weather disruptions and vessel substitutions.

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Ali Cat was on the Kilcreggan service for much of March, and was captured there by Cameron Wilson

The new update covers a remarkable number of unusual ship movements across the CalMac fleet, ranging from Finlaggan’s visit to Ardrossan on 6 March prior to annual survey at Greenock, to Caledonian Isles’ eight-day sojourn at Troon for repairs to her port engine.

At various times in March Clansman and Hebrides could be found at Birkenhead for annual survey, while Isle of Lewis was at Aberdeen, Loch Fyne at Greenock and Lochinvar at Troon.

Scottish Ferry News also documents rare visits by Ali Cat to Kip Marina, Loch Alainn and Loch Fyne to Port Askaig, and Loch Linnhe, Loch Portain and Loch Tarbert to Campbeltown.

And plenty more.

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Thanks to Walter Bowie, Iain Erskine, Mark Nicolson, Allan Smith and Cameron Wilson for photographs.

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Allan Smith used his drone with considerable agility to photograph Caledonian Isles and Finlaggan together at Ardrossan on 6 March

Just like the old days? Four vessels at Gourock on 18 March, nicely encapsulated by Walter Bowie

‘Caley Isles’ made a sorry sight as she limped out of Ardrossan on 20 April, bound for Troon and a layoff for engine repairs

Loch Tarbert was on the Lochaline-Fishnish service in early March, and this shot by crewman Jim McMath made her look very much at home at the Morvern port

Mark Nicolson visited Goat Island, Stornoway, to see Loch Bhrusda on the slip there on 15 March

This graphic shot of Isle of Arran swinging in to Port Ellen on 11 March was taken by Islay resident David Livingstone

Finlaggan passes the Cloch Lighthouse en route to Greenock after post-overhaul trials on 30 March: a vivid composition of landscape, sky and sea by Walter Bowie

Published on 11 May 2022