The powers that be have decreed that the MV Clansman
leave the waters of the Inner Hebrides
for the Firth of Clyde.
To facilitate this transfer
she was scheduled to leave Oban
an hour earlier than normal – 6:15 instead of 7:15
but due to a technical problem her departure was delayed.
This untimely transfer was a few days earlier than expected.
She is temporarily replacing the MV Caledonian Isles.
The latter is delayed in dry dock at Greenock.
Her rudder stocks are badly corroded.
They required specialist repair
and have gone to Denmark.
When the MV Caledonian Isles returns to service
the Clansman will make her way to Liverpool
where she will have her own docking
for her annual overhaul.
In the absence of the Clansman
the MV Lord of the Isles will serve Coll and Tiree
meaning that she will be unable to serve South Uist.
The overnight forecast is for North/North winds gusting to 60 mph.
As a result the MV Lord of the Isles is on a revised time table.
The timings are weather dependent / approximate)
Depart Oban 1015
Arrive Coll 1255 – Depart Coll 1310
Arrive Tiree 1405 – Depart Tiree 1435
Arrive Oban 1805
The sailing will remain liable to disruption, delay or cancellation
at short notice due to these weather conditions.
It may be that the MV Clansman will briefly return to Tiree.
She is scheduled to replace the MV Hebrides
when the latter has overhaul.
All that remains to be said is, ‘Haste ye back!’
Here on Tiree we will miss you and your crew.
Saturday’s sailing was a fond farewell.
This is ‘Life on Tiree”
I was a grey, wet day to bid, “Goodbye”.
“Haste Ye Back!