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TITLE
Crew member, Caledonian MacBrayne
EXTERNAL ID
SLD_182_035
PLACENAME
Uig
DISTRICT
Skye
PERIOD
1970s; 1980s
CREATOR
Olivia James
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
39480
KEYWORDS
Caledonian MacBrayne
ferries
ferry crews
sailor
Cal Mac
Crew member, Caledonian MacBrayne

The Caledonian MacBrayne crew member pictured was engaged in conversation by the photographer probably in the early 1970s at Uig, in the north west of Skye. He was most likely working on board the CalMac ferry 'Hebrides' which sailed the triangular route from Uig to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris and Lochmaddy on North Uist.

'Hebrides', the second CalMac ship to carry this name, was the first purpose-built car ferry in the north west of Scotland. She could carry up to 600 passengers and 50 cars. Vehicles were loaded using hydraulic lifts and ramps which allowed the ship to dock at any stage of the tide. Her regular sailings to the Isle of Harris and Lochmaddy in North Uist began on 15 April 1964 and continued for nearly 20 years, ensuring her place in the affections of many of her regular passengers.


Olivia James
The images in this collection are a selection from a set of high quality Agfachrome slides taken by Olivia James. Mrs James, a semi-professional photographer, took the photographs on visits to Skye between 1968 and 1989, using a Pentax S1A camera and CT 18 film. They record a variety of locations, people and activities which have now changed or indeed disappeared, and provide one person's view of the island through the camera lens. Born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire on 26th April 1932, Olive Grace James (née Purcell) moved to England in 1944, trained as a teacher and married Richard James in 1956. Her husband's forbears were from Skye and they began visiting on a regular basis in 1968. In addition to the slides, Mrs James has written an evocative account of her memories of places, events and people on Skye which she named 'Skye Magic', a copy of which is held at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.
'Skye Magic' has been incorporated into her privately printed autobiography 'Neivie, Neivie, Nick, Nack' which she has kindly donated to various institutions including the Clan Donald Library on Skye, the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and the Weaver's Cottage, Kilbarchan.


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Crew member, Caledonian MacBrayne

1970s; 1980s

Caledonian MacBrayne; ferries; ferry crews; sailor; Cal Mac

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Olivia James Collection

The Caledonian MacBrayne crew member pictured was engaged in conversation by the photographer probably in the early 1970s at Uig, in the north west of Skye. He was most likely working on board the CalMac ferry 'Hebrides' which sailed the triangular route from Uig to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris and Lochmaddy on North Uist.<br /> <br /> 'Hebrides', the second CalMac ship to carry this name, was the first purpose-built car ferry in the north west of Scotland. She could carry up to 600 passengers and 50 cars. Vehicles were loaded using hydraulic lifts and ramps which allowed the ship to dock at any stage of the tide. Her regular sailings to the Isle of Harris and Lochmaddy in North Uist began on 15 April 1964 and continued for nearly 20 years, ensuring her place in the affections of many of her regular passengers. <br /> <br /> <br /> <b>Olivia James</b><br /> The images in this collection are a selection from a set of high quality Agfachrome slides taken by Olivia James. Mrs James, a semi-professional photographer, took the photographs on visits to Skye between 1968 and 1989, using a Pentax S1A camera and CT 18 film. They record a variety of locations, people and activities which have now changed or indeed disappeared, and provide one person's view of the island through the camera lens. Born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire on 26th April 1932, Olive Grace James (née Purcell) moved to England in 1944, trained as a teacher and married Richard James in 1956. Her husband's forbears were from Skye and they began visiting on a regular basis in 1968. In addition to the slides, Mrs James has written an evocative account of her memories of places, events and people on Skye which she named 'Skye Magic', a copy of which is held at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.<br /> 'Skye Magic' has been incorporated into her privately printed autobiography 'Neivie, Neivie, Nick, Nack' which she has kindly donated to various institutions including the Clan Donald Library on Skye, the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and the Weaver's Cottage, Kilbarchan. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com ">Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>