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29/05/08 For the first time in several months, both Rothesay ferries were able to stay overnight at the pier on Bute. Argyle lay at the old side-loading berth, minus linkspan while Bute lay at the new loading berth. As a result the timetable has returned to normal and the 1815 sailing no longer goes to Gourock.


Picture: Saturn (SoC Forum/Daily Bute)
Rothesay pier tonight

26/05/08 Heavy traffic delayed Caledonian Isles today, though given that it was the Bank Holiday weekend this was not a great surprise. In the Western Isles the Lochnevis had to carry out an extra sailing to Eigg this evening to bring back extra passengers who could get onto the inward sailing earlier in the afternoon.

22/05/08 Ali Cat covered for Saturn on the Gourock - Dunoon run this morning for the 0920 sailing, due to the Streaker suffering from a burst pipe.

17/05/08 Clansman called in at Craignure on her way out to Barra this afternoon. This was to drop off a passenger who had boarded her thinking she was the ferry to Mull.

12/05/08 Jupiter came off the Dunoon service today and proceeded to Garvel to commence her annual overhaul. Saturn stepped in to relieve her older sister for the 1420 sailing to Dunoon.

Picture: Buff Funnels Forever (SoC Forum/Clydesights)
Saturn and Jupiter at Gourock

11/05/08 Musical ferries today as Loch Buie sailed from Oban direct to Fionnphort in order to resume her normal duties. This freed Loch Linnhe to head around the north end of Mull, back to Tobermory, passing Clansman in the northern end of the Sound of Mull. Raasay in turn returned to Oban

Picture: Andycam (SoC Forum/Clyde Naval Gazing)
Loch Linnhe returning to Tobermory

Picture: Andycam (SoC Forum/Clyde Naval Gazing)
Raasay returning to Oban as spare vessel

10/05/08 Loch Buie had her repairs completed today and returned to Oban for an overnight berth, arriving at 1830.


Picture: Andycam (SoC Forum/Clyde Naval Gazing)
Loch Buie in Oban Bay

08/05/08 Hebridean Isles saw her 1300 sailing ex Kennacraig diverted to Port Ellen today. This was due to the Port Askaig berth being obstructed by the broken-down Eilean Dhuira.

06/05/08 Loch Buie set sail from Craignure this morning bound for Corpach. While she is there she will receive repairs to cracks in her stern ramp.

05/05/08 Loch Linnhe left Craignure this morning and is now in service on the Fionnphort - Iona route. Loch Buie made her way to Craignure and arrived there this evening. She will sail for Corpach tomorrow morning.

Argyle was delayed during her refuelling period this lunchtime. Her 1215 ex Wemyss Bay was 25 minutes late, holding up Bute in the process. Argyle continued to get later through the afternoon and rather than passing off Toward Point, the two ships were seen passing in Rothesay Bay (well caught Zak!!)


Picture: Saturn (SoC Forum/Daily Bute)
Argyle passing Bute in Rothesay Bay

04/05/08 It appears that Loch Buie has suffered some sort of ramp defect. She is to be relieved tomorrow by Loch Linnhe which is spending tonight at Craignure. Raasay earlier made her way from Oban to Tobermory and will take the Kilchoan sailings from tomorrow.

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