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26/09/08 Bute left Gourock and returned to Wemyss Bay in time to pick up her service with the 1100 sailing to Rothesay.
In the Western Isles, Clansman again diverted her inward sailing from Castlebay via Lochboisdale for livestock traffic. Her arrival into Oban was to be roughly two hours late, at 0130.

25/09/08 Bute came out of service following her arrival at Rothesay with the 1730 from Wemyss Bay. She then sailed for Gourock for repairs. Argyle maintained the service on her own and will continue to do so until Bute returns.

24/09/08 CLYDE:
There were no sailings on the Gourock - Dunoon and Wemyss Bay - Rothesay routes today due to yet another strike by Argyll and Bute Council pier workers. As a result, Bute, Argyle and Jupiter remained at Rothesay and Gourock respectively, while Ali Cat did not venture forth from JWD.

23/09/08 Loch Riddon was an unusual visitor observed at Millport today.

20/09/08 Bute broke down this afternoon and spent a while alongside the second berth at Rothesay. Her 1600 ex Rothesay and 1645 ex Wemyss Bay were cancelled as a result.

18/09/08 Hebrides was roughly 40 minutes late with her 1800 departure from Uig this evening due to a medical emergency.

17/09/08 Lochnevis carried out her usual run to Rum and Canna with one change today. Upon discharging at Canna she then left the pier to carry out drills before returning about half an hour later. Loch Bhrusda remained at Mallaig today. It is assumed she will stay there until next required.

16/09/08 The reason for Loch Bhrusda's jaunt to Mallaig became clear this morning. She left the outer harbour at 1010 and made a beeline for Eigg, with Lochnevis following 10 minutes behind. She berthed at 1135 as the regular vessel passed by en route to Muck, and then left again at 1145. The two ships then passed each other off Muck and the Loch Bhrusda made her first call at Muck, arriving at 1230 and leaving again at 1245. Tidal conditions delayed Lochnevis at Muck by 15 minutes and she was unable to make this time up again at the 2nd Muck call.

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Loch Bhrusda seen on berthing trials in the Small Isles

Elsewhere, Isle of Lewis was running considerably late today due to fuel pump problems. She let Stornoway at 0815 and 1620, returning from Ullapool at 1310 and 1915 respectively.

15/09/08 Jupiter returned to service this afternoon, taking over from Saturn with the 1220 sailing to Dunoon.

14/09/08 Loch Bhrusda sailed from Craignure early this morning and completed her way to her next temporary base, Mallaig at 1215.
Hebrides was running late this afternoon due to problems with Uig linkspan.

13/09/08 Loch Bhrusda left Campbeltown this morning and made her way round the Mull of Kintyre, heading for the Western Isles. Her destination was Craignure for an overnight berth

12/09/08 Clansman made a diversion on her inward sailing from Barra this evening in order to call at Lochboisdale to pick up livestock. This delayed her arrival in Oban by roughly two hours.|
Loch Bhrusda awoke from her slumber at the Wires in Gourock and left at 1030, heading for an overnight berth at Campbeltown.
Ali Cat was taken out of service this afternoon, which meant the additional run was cancelled

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Loch Bhrusda heading down
the Clyde

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Ali Cat high and dry for overhaul

to allow her to be slipped at Armaleish for her overhaul. She will be back in service early next week.

11/09/08 Caledonian Isles was again affected by technical problems and her 1230 sailing from Ardrossan was cancelled. She resumed her roster at 1530 with a delayed sailing from Ardrossan.
Loch Tarbert had been due to divert an afternoon sailing to Tarbert, however weather conditions saw this cancelled, along with her roster for the rest of the day.
Loch Dunvegan didn't escape either, her early sailing being cancelled and not picking up her roster until 0805.
Lord of the Isles extended her Colonsay sailing today and sailed onwards to Port Askaig, returning direct to Oban from there. This was to transport passengers who had made a day trip from Islay to Colonsay yesterday, who stood by and watched Hebridean Isles sail past, unable to berth.
Isle of Mull was delayed on her 1700 departure from Craignure by a medical emergency. She eventually left at 1720.

10/09/08 Hebridean Isles was unable to call in at Colonsay on her return sailing from Oban to Islay and Kennacraig this afternoon due to poor weather conditions. She abandoned her call at the island and made for Port Askaig and Kennacraig and picked up her normal roster from there.
Isle of Mull was also affected by the weather and her 2000 sailing to Craignure was cancelled. She will sail from Oban early tomorrow morning in order to pick up her roster with the 0645 sailing from Mull.

06/09/08 Clansman was delayed on her Coll and Tiree sailing after responding to a distress call. She left Tiree 45 minutes late and made it back to Oban only 25 minutes behind schedule.

05/09/08 Caledonian Isles ran late today due to technical problems which initially delayed her 1350 sailing from Brodick and she then continued to run late, eventually finishing an hour late in the evening.
Loch Tarbert was forced to divert her sailings from 1600 when she had to make for Tarbert instead of Claonaig. She left the Kintyre slipway at 1730 for her final sailing of the day back to Lochranza.

01/09/08 Saturn took over the Gourock - Dunoon route today from the 1120 sailing to allow Jupiter some time off for maintenance.

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