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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.

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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.

Picture by Allan Comrie

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.

Picture by Graeme Phanco

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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.

Picture by John Newth

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