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SATURN sailed for Orkney in April 2015

Caledonian MacBrayne

 

The 34 year old 'Saturn' entered service with Calmac on her maiden voyage on 2nd February 1978. Since 2005 , her route has been the Ardrossan - Brodick , chief town on the Isle of Arran. She was built in the days when contracts were sourced locally and was built by Ailsa Shipbuilders Co. at Troon in Ayrshire just down the Clyde Coast. The 'Streakers' were so-called because they were so much faster than the previous Ferries that plied the Clyde routes. She is seen here alongside on a Sunday break day in April at the Gourock Ferry Terminal. She was the last Caledonian MacBrayne Car Ferry on the Gourock-Dunoon Route which ended on 29th June 2011 after 54 years. She herself was withdrawn from her 33-year service on 30th August 2011 and went into cold lay-up and finally decommissioned and was still seen at Rosneath Jetty in July 2013.

 

After nearly 4 years in Mothballs at Rosneath , she has found new owners in the form of Pentland Ferries Ltd to be utilised on inter-island freight duties up in Orkney.

 

Ship renamed Orcadia in April 2015 and finally departed the Clyde to steam north on the 22nd April.

 

SHIP IMO 7615490

 

DAVE FORBES © 2009

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Taken on September 13, 2009