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The Minch is notorious for being very rough in the strong Atlantic storms that often sweep through. On this occasion, in September 2004, Clansman tackles the swell head-on as she makes for Tiree.

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Although strictly not part of the fleet at the time this picture was taken, Claymore was always a good sea boat. Built for the stormy Outer Isles run she now ply's the often rough Pentland Firth in the north of Scotland with one time fleet mate Iona.

Picture by Jack Molls

CalMac's part owned company took over the routes to the Northern Isles from P&O Scottish Ferries and introduced three purpose built vessels on the north sea routes. Here Hamnavoe, the Pentland Firth vessel come into port - even surrounded by land the seas up there are often very rough to say the least...

Picture & Video by Jack Molls

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Muirneag, the Hebridean freight ship and lifeline supplier battles another storm on the Stornoway - Ullapool crossing to get her cargo through.

Picture by Chris Murray

The Clyde can sometimes by a choppy place... Jupiter makes her way into Dunoon pier and the refuge from the estuary crossing.

Picture by John Huggins

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St Rognvald, the former P&O and NorthLink freight ship operating between Aberdeen, Orkney and Shetland survives another North Sea adventure, this time rolling 26 degrees to port and 36 degrees to starboard. Pity there was not a reading for the pitching also!

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An internal picture from the observation lounge aboard the current Hebrides shows just how big the waves can be. This image was taken on a crossing from Uig to Tarbert when a large wave crashed over the bow, a frequent occurrence on the exposed Minch crossing.

Picture by Adam Griffiths

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An onboard picture from the Starboard Stern of NorthLink's Hamnavoe. The view is looking across to the Port side as the vessel encounters a roll off Hoy on a crossing between Stromness and Scrabster.

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