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TITLE
Ferry and Steamer, Kyle
EXTERNAL ID
HCD01222a
PLACENAME
Kyle of Lochalsh
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1930s
CREATOR
Duncan Macpherson
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12792
KEYWORDS
ferries
jetties
pier
piers
villages
railways
boats
MacBrayne's
Caledonian MacBrayne's
ferry boats
Ferry and Steamer, Kyle

A queue of people can be seen waiting for the ferry on the jetty at Kyle of Lochalsh. Kyle has been the crossing point to Kyleakin on Skye for centuries, although a village proper only developed there once the railway line reached it in 1897. At the beginning of the 20th century, the ferry between Kyle and Kyleakin was no more than a small rowing boat carrying foot passengers and freight, but the need for transporting vehicles increased as roads improved and drivers became more adventurous.

This photograph features a boat with a turntable and ramps, marking a considerable step forward. It seems to be capable of carrying only one vehicle at a time so may be the 'Kyleakin', a timber-hulled ferry which came into service in 1930. In 1936, the 'Moil', another timber-hulled turntable ferry, but capable of carrying two cars, arrived.

The paddle steamer in the background is the 280-tonne PS 'Fusilier'. She was built for David MacBrayne in 1888 by McArthur & Co, Paisley, with engines by Hutson & Corbett, Glasgow. Earlier in her career she had plied between Oban and Fort William and between Oban and Staffin, but in the period 1931-34 she ran the Mallaig - Kyle of Lochalsh - Broadford - Raasay - Portree mail service. PS 'Fusilier' was sold in July 1934 and scrapped in 1939. Paddle steamers were a familiar sight in the early 20th century, as regular steamer services transported every kind of freight, as well as animals and passengers, up and down the west coast and to the Western Isles.


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Ferry and Steamer, Kyle

ROSS: Lochalsh

1930s

ferries; jetties; pier; piers; villages; railways; boats; MacBrayne's; Caledonian MacBrayne's; ferry boats

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Duncan Macpherson (photographs)

A queue of people can be seen waiting for the ferry on the jetty at Kyle of Lochalsh. Kyle has been the crossing point to Kyleakin on Skye for centuries, although a village proper only developed there once the railway line reached it in 1897. At the beginning of the 20th century, the ferry between Kyle and Kyleakin was no more than a small rowing boat carrying foot passengers and freight, but the need for transporting vehicles increased as roads improved and drivers became more adventurous. <br /> <br /> This photograph features a boat with a turntable and ramps, marking a considerable step forward. It seems to be capable of carrying only one vehicle at a time so may be the 'Kyleakin', a timber-hulled ferry which came into service in 1930. In 1936, the 'Moil', another timber-hulled turntable ferry, but capable of carrying two cars, arrived. <br /> <br /> The paddle steamer in the background is the 280-tonne PS 'Fusilier'. She was built for David MacBrayne in 1888 by McArthur & Co, Paisley, with engines by Hutson & Corbett, Glasgow. Earlier in her career she had plied between Oban and Fort William and between Oban and Staffin, but in the period 1931-34 she ran the Mallaig - Kyle of Lochalsh - Broadford - Raasay - Portree mail service. PS 'Fusilier' was sold in July 1934 and scrapped in 1939. Paddle steamers were a familiar sight in the early 20th century, as regular steamer services transported every kind of freight, as well as animals and passengers, up and down the west coast and to the Western Isles. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />