Friday photo: Roll on-roll off ferries come to the islands

Tuesday saw the 50th anniversary of the introduction of a car ferry to the Western Isles.  The MV Hebrides was brought into service on the Uig-Tarbert-Lochmaddy triangle on 15 April 1964 by David MacBrayne Ltd.  She was built by Russell Hall of Aberdeen along with the MV Clansman and MV Columba who came into service soon after on the Mull and Skye routes.

MV Hebrides at Tarbert, Harris

Prior to the introduction of the car ferry, cars were brought as cargo and a derrick crane and cargo net was used to lift them on and off the boats.

The image above shows a lovely sunny day in Tarbert, Harris with the MV Hebrides waiting for her next passengers.  I wonder how many of them enjoyed Calmac & Cheese on board which is a staple for me when I take the ferry!

About David Powell

Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar
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