Clansman (at the linkspan) watches as her sister, the Hebrides arrives at Ullapool from Stornoway. Both almost identical
twins were covering for there fleet mate the MV Isle of Lewis and the MV
Isle of Arran (at the time) freight runs to Lewis. Both vessels seen together
is quite an unusual sight as they ply the Sea of Hebrides many miles apart
on usual duties.
Picture from SoC Collection
Virtually indistinguishable are the twin 'streakers' Jupiter (foreground)
and Juno. Both are seen here at Rothesay pier on the Island of
Bute one typically beautiful Clyde evening.
One of the four identical sister vessels, Loch Striven arrives at Cumbrae Slip to help
her broken down sister Loch Linnhe, which promptly started up again and the two of
them set off fully loaded absolutely together.
The 'Island Class' vessels became so popular in there heyday that
eventually larger 'Loch Class' vessels were needed to replace them. Raasay (far) the Oban area relief vessel and
Eigg (near) the
Lismore service ferry sit in Oban harbour at there berth. Eigg's
modifications to allow her to see over lorries are obvious, she is the only
sister to have this done.
Originally designed for the Kyle of Lochalsh - Skye route the Loch
Fyne and Loch Dunvegan were 'Super Loch Class' vessels. In
this picture they are both together operating the shuttle to Skye, however
since the bridge was opened it drove the traffic away from the ferry. They
were put for sale but soon resumed work in the fleet on other routes.