Review 2014 is here!

Front cover of Review 2014

CRSC is pleased to announce the publication of Review 2014, the latest of its comprehensive surveys of Scottish shipping activity covering one calendar year — in this case 2014. This was the year when Loch Seaforth was launched at Flensburg, Lochinvar entered service on the Clyde and Waverley gave her first public cruise from Ardrossan for more than 20 years.

The lavishly illustrated 128-page Review is a ‘must have’ for all ship enthusiasts. It not only documents political developments in the Scottish shipping world but also traces the movements of every major passenger-carrying vessel from Stranraer to Berwick — with particular emphasis on the west coast. It combines a unique overview of the territory with fascinating detail on how individual vessels performed.

As such, the Review is of equal value to CalMac fans, North Isles specialists and ship historians. The quality of photo reproduction in Review 2014 is even crisper than in previous Reviews.

The front cover features MV Lochinvar, one of CalMac’s pioneering diesel electric hybrid ferries, which entered service in May 2014 and led the Commonwealth Flotilla from Greenock to Glasgow in July 2014 as part of celebrations for the Commonwealth Games. Lochinvar’s inaugural duties on the Tarbert to Portavadie and winter Lochranza services are all well documented in Review 2014.

Meticulously compiled and beautifully presented, Review 2014 is one of the major perks of CRSC membership. It is not available on the open market, but non-members can secure their copy by signing up here under the introductory £10 membership scheme. If you are a paid-up CRSC member and have not received your copy of Review 2014 by May 12, please email (non-UK residents may have to wait a little longer).

CRSC began producing its annual Review in the late 1950s. As it has grown in size and scope, it has become increasingly relied upon as a source of information and research tool, by professionals and enthusiasts alike.

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CRSC’s spring 2017 Photo Offer, comprising 10 specially produced colour prints from the Dr Joe McKendrick Collection, is available to members and non-members alike. This is a not-to-be-missed series of unusual steamer/ferry scenes from the past 50 years. Dr Joe was a faithful recorder of the Clyde shipping scene from the 1960s until his untimely death in 2012, and CRSC is fortunate to have been bequeathed his entire Collection. We have selected 12 of the best, including Duchess of Hamilton manoeuvring at Bridge Wharf in 1969, Glen Sannox in CalMac livery powering away from Brodick Pier, and a unique shot of Waverley and Rover together at Kilcreggan. More details here.

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CRSC recently came into possession of 30 pristine copies of Iain MacArthur’s history of the Caledonian Steam Packet Company Ltd. This widely admired hardback, published by CRSC in 1971, is a classic of its kind. A couple of these books, in as new’ condition, are still available at £30 each. Please email

Some sample pages from Review 2014, CRSCs widely admired survey of Scottish shipping activity over one calendar year