This page will contain the first hand account of the writer and his experience of ferries, including the Argyll to Antrim campaign to restart that service – which was, and is critical to the two economies on either side of the North Channel.
MV Sound of Islay: Commissioned By Friend, Mentor & Fellow Company Director John Rose
This ship inaugurated the car ferry service between Argyll & Antrim in 1970 & ran until 1973. In 1988 John Rose & I commenced efforts to restart the route (more later).
Before the anonymous armchair social media critics blog inaccurate comment elsewhere please reflect on whether you have gone to the effort to persuade 3,323 people to sign a petition supporting CalMac? I am more than happy to debate with anyone who doesn’t hide behind an anonymous web-forum name about supporting CalMac and the issues challenging the iconic Scottish ferry company.
|Petition calling for the Scottish Parliament to enable Caledonian MacBrayne the state owned Scottish Ferry company to take over the Campbeltown to Ballycastle route which is critically important to the fragile economies of Argyll and Antrim.
Petitioner: Mr Russ McLean
The full account of what happened in relation to restarting the Argyll-Antrim ferry service; to our campaign supporting CalMac to run this route; then the problems with our efforts in buying MV Pioneer from CalMac. The subsequent actions to find a solution whereby islanders have fair ferry services will be available soon…
Will This Iconic Ferry Firm Survive?
We will be including a précis of CalMac Enigma – Will This Iconic Ferry Firm Survive here shortly. Please check back soon for more details. Thank you.
MV Lochmor – Photo Copyright Russ McLean
MV Pioneer – Photo Copyright Bob Jak
MV Claymore: Orkney Route – Photo Copyright Russ McLean
MV Claymore: Argyll & Antrim Route – Photo Copyright Russ McLean
MV Saturn – Photo Copyright Russ McLean
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