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Monday, 24/Nov/2008

Islay Ferries in Other Places

Picture of the Hebridean Isles (one of the Islay ferries) against a bright sea

From Islay ferry terminals it isn't a huge leap to Islay ferries, so I thought I write something about two Islay ferries today. One, the ‘Hebridean Isles’, is a current ferry, the other one older readers might have seen and remember.

Let me start with the Hebridean Isles: Yesterday Ron blogged about her being pulled off the Kennacraig - Islay route to help out over at Arran. While not great for Islay a necessity for Arran as they had no service at all with the regular ferry out of action. Only problem was that the Hebridean Isles couldn't really help either, at least not on Sunday. Don't know the reasons why she couldn't berth either (one reason could be different capabilities of the two ships under windy conditions), but I doubt that was what Calmac had in mind when pulling her off the Islay service. I suspect questions will be asked...

On to the ferry probably only a few people will remember: Neil F King (whose fantastic picture collection on Flickr is a real treasure trove of old Scotland and Islay pictures!) recently posted a picture of the MV Sound of Islay in Port Askaig. She was sold to Canada (I believe in the early 1980s, see her entry in the Canadian Vessel register), where she is still running. Well, mostly. Her life in Canada doesn't seem to be trouble free either.

I'm wondering if there's a moral in this? Don't pull a ferry off the Islay service? ;-)

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