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TITLE
Cable Ship 'Galataire' off Kyle of Lochalsh
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_10_001A
PLACENAME
Kyle of Lochalsh
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1980s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8877
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
Galataire
cables
Kylerhea
electrical supply
Cable Ship 'Galataire' off Kyle of Lochalsh

This photograph shows the ship Galataire, anchored in front of Eileanan Dubha in Loch Alsh. The ship, contracted by the Hydro Board, was used for laying underwater electrical supply cables. In Loch Alsh, the cable comes ashore at Scalpay Bay on the mainland, just south of Kyle of Lochalsh, and at Loch na Beiste near Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye. This cable, first put down in 1947 is no longer the main supply for the island. The newer 123,000 voltage cable runs through Skye, from Waternish to Kylerhea. At Ardmore, near Waternish, the underwater cable divides to supply South Uist and Harris on the Western Isles, and in the south of Skye, the cable connects with the mainland via underwater cable to Glenelg.

The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.

Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.

The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000.


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Cable Ship 'Galataire' off Kyle of Lochalsh

ROSS: Lochalsh

1980s

hydro-electric; Galataire; cables; Kylerhea; electrical supply

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

This photograph shows the ship Galataire, anchored in front of Eileanan Dubha in Loch Alsh. The ship, contracted by the Hydro Board, was used for laying underwater electrical supply cables. In Loch Alsh, the cable comes ashore at Scalpay Bay on the mainland, just south of Kyle of Lochalsh, and at Loch na Beiste near Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye. This cable, first put down in 1947 is no longer the main supply for the island. The newer 123,000 voltage cable runs through Skye, from Waternish to Kylerhea. At Ardmore, near Waternish, the underwater cable divides to supply South Uist and Harris on the Western Isles, and in the south of Skye, the cable connects with the mainland via underwater cable to Glenelg.<br /> <br /> The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'. <br /> <br /> Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity. <br /> <br /> The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000. <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 />