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Gaelic Name: Treoraiche
Mallaig - Armadale / Small Isles (Relief)
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 Picture: In East Loch Tarbert, Allan Comrie
Type: Steel MV
Callsign: GULB
IMO: 7341178
Built: 1974
Launched: 4/1/1974
Entered Service: 14/08/1974
Disposed: 19/08/2004
Ordered By: Scottish Transport Group (STG)
Cost: 1.000.000
Registered: Glasgow
Launched by: Mrs William Ross, The Wife Of The Then Scottish Secretary of State
Named after: A 1905 paddle steamer on Islay run of the same name
Length: 67.47m
Draught: 2.413m
Breadth: 13.75m
Gross tonnage: 1088
Passengers: 218
Cars: 32
Crew: 21
Lifeboats (Number of): 2
Builders: Robb Caledon Ship Builders Ltd, Leith
Yard No: 515
Engine Builders: Mirrlees Blackstone Diesels (Stockport) each 1700 S.H.P
Machinery: Oil Engines, Geared Drive
Speed: 16 kts
Hoist & Lifts: 2 x 3 ton Hiab Cranes removed In 1978 and replaced by two side loading ramps. Later had a vehicle hoist added then removed and fixed side ramps fitted again.

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She holds the record for the fastest-ever Oban-Lochboisdale crossing, achieved in 4 hrs and 20 mins - which means she was doing the best part of 20 knots most of the way.
Company name does not appear on side due to tapered hull. She has extra deep black topped funnels.

Special Profile Page: MV Pioneer
1974 - 1977: West Loch Tarbert - Gigha - Islay
1975: Oban - Lochboisdale / Castlebay
1977 - 1979: Kennacriag - Gigha - Islay
1979 - 1989: Mallaig - Armadale (Summer). Fleet Relief (Winter)
1981: Oban - Cragnure, Oban - Lochboisdale / Castlebay
1980's: Oban - Lochaline, Tobermory, Coll / Tiree
1986: Uig - Tarbert - Lochmaddy
1988: Oban - Colonsay. Mallaig - Castlebay (Summer)
1998: Western Isles
1999 - 2001: Wemyss Bay - Rothesay. Upper Clyde Relief
2001: Upper Clyde Relief. Mallaig - Armadale

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