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MV 'Lochmor' and MV 'Lochearn'

MV 'Lochmor' and MV 'Lochearn'

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LOCATION: Kyleakin
PERIOD: 1930s
DISTRICT: Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH: INVERNESS:Strath
CONTRIBUTOR: Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
COLLECTION NAME: Duncan Macpherson (photographs)
CREATOR: Duncan Macpherson
IMAGE CREATED: 1931

The sister ships 'Lochmor' and 'Lochearn', with a tonnage of 542, were built for the MacBrayne company in 1930 for the Inner and Outer Isles services. MV 'Lochmor' sailed the west coast of Skye, coming from Mallaig, then out to Harris and Uist. She was also used for cruises from Mallaig to Loch Scavaig on Skye for tourist trips to Loch Coruisk. MV 'Lochearn' was used mainly on the Inner Island mail service to Tobermory, Coll, Tiree, Barra and South Uist until 1955. Some people were unimpressed by the new ships, with their small funnels and almost vertical masts. However, the accommodation on board was a big improvement on previous ships on the routes.

This photograph shows an unusual situation, with both ships lying alongside each other off Kyleakin. They had evidently broken down and the old Glencoe was called in to assist them. Duncan Macpherson, the photographer, was well acquainted with the skipper of the Lochmor, Captain Robertson. Indeed, Captain Robertson was one of the most well known officers of the MacBrayne fleet, known to everyone as "Squeaky" due to his high-pitched Highland voice




IDENTIFIER: HCD00231

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