The Clansman’s Return

Saturday 9th June saw the return of the Mighty One.
Essential repairs to her propulsion system have been completed.
She was due back in service on June 13, but is back in service as of today.

It’s Saturday evening and the cook has just put on the chips for those travelling back to Oban.

The MV Lord of the Isles was due to sail twice it being a Saturday.
With her reduced capacity two sailings were required on a Saturday.
Thankfully the MV Clansman kept, more or less, to the amended timetable.

The MV Clansman departs Gott Bay to sail directly to Oban

It was about an hour later the sighting was made.
Right in front of our window a vessel appeared sailing south.
It turns out she is a Marine Scotland fisheries protection vessel.

Marine Scotland vessel

The vessel is the MPV Minna.
She was built at Ferguson’s Shipyard, Port Glasgow and launched in 2003.
She is 42 metres in length and has a gross tonnage of 781.
She has a crew of 15, a top speed of 14 knots
and is used mainly for inshore enforcement tasks.

The MPV Minna off Heanish, Isle of Tiree

This is Life on Tiree welcoming the MV Clansman back to home waters.
She is back sailing between Oban, Coll and Tiree
and once a week on from Tiree to Barra.
Additionally she covers some sailings to Colonsay.

The MV Clansman sailing back to Oban.