Storm-bound boats in Brodick

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Here is a great picture of CalMac making full use of both berths at the new Brodick ferry terminal as the ferries lie storm-bound in Brodick on Monday when high winds saw all sailings cancelled.

It shows the replacement MV Hebridean Isles tied up at the linkspan and the MV Isle of Arran at the other berth and the similarity between the two boats is striking.

The MV Hebridean Isles, Eileanan Innse Gall, came into service in 1986 just two years after the MV Isle of Arran after being built at the Cochrane Shipbuilders Ltd, Selby, North Yorkshire.  After operating the Uig Triangle for 15 years of her service, she now mostly joins MV Finlaggan in operating between Kennacraig and Islay, with occasional secondments to help out elsewhere in the network.

The MV Isle of Arran, a more regular visitor to Arran, was launched in 1984 at Ferguson Ailsa, as the Clyde yard was called then, and served 10 years on the Ardrossan to Brodick route, then a stint to Islay before taking up her current duties. NO_B02storm01

Photograph by John Baraclough