ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
COLUMBA
Type
FERRY, PASSENGER, VEHICLE
Date
1964
Official Number
305306/6409351
Description
Yard Number: 912

West coast of Scotland and Western Island Service
Managers David MacBrayne Ltd. Leith

Renamed HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS in 1989 owned by Hebridean Island Cruises Ltd for 'European trading and Mediterranean Sea'. Still in use for cruises around Scottish Isles and to Norway.

[sources:
British Newspaper Index online (mosty Press + Journal);
- Deayton, Alistair, 'CalMac: An Illustrated History of Caledonian MacBrayne' (Stroud: Amberley Publishing, 2015)
- Deayton, Alistair, 'MacBrayne Ships' (Stroud: Amberley Publishing, 2014)]

1964:
Harbour tugs failed to hold ship on launch + high winds drove her into her sister ship Clansman (fitting out).

1964-1972:
Oban - Craignure (Mull) - Lochaline (Morvern) ferry.

1973-4:
Summer - Mallaig - Armdale + (1972 only) overnight sailings Mallaig - Loichboisdale + Castlebay.
Winter - relieving other vessels for overhaul.

1975-1988:
Summer - 2 weekly sailings Oban - Staffa + Iona, thrice weekly to Colonsay, four times weekly to Lochaline, Tobermory, Coll + Tiree. These sailings could be combined to make mini cruises, using vessel's passengers cabins. 1979 and 1980 - one mini cruise to St. Kilda in each of these years.
Winter: Overhaul reliefs, November 1985 - May 1986 Uig triangle (Uig - Tarbert - Lochmaddy).

15/10/1988:
Handed over to new owners, Hebridean Islands Cruises, at Greenock + renamed Hebridean Princess. Sailed to Brochester for shot blastiing + repainting, then to Great Yarmouth for £1.5 milllion refit, including new staterooms + cabins + resfurbishment of existing ones. Investors have already contributed more than £450,000 + more than £500,000 has been offered by department of trade and industry.

27/05/1989: Sailed from Oban on inaugural cruise as luxurious mini liner round Western isles carrying 46 passengers. Typical day to include short voyages sightseeing stopovers, wining + dining onboard entertainment in evenings.

28/07/1989:
First cruise ship to land passengers onn St. Kilda for 20 years. Other announced destinations Flannan Islands, Crinan, Colonsay, Tiree, Barra, Stornoway, Kyle of Lochalsh, Mull of Kintyre, Islay, Eigg, Tobermory, Torridon, Jura.

06/09/1990:
Season so successful, including calls at St. Kilda and Orkney, that sailings extended to mid October with 2 additional cruises from Oban + 3 from Kyle of Lochalsh.

02/04/1991: Reporteed healthy profit made in 1990 + that 90% of guests arer from U.K. Capt Iain Cameron said that although there are some American guests, the company does not go all out for American market, it being too vulnerable to terrorist scares etc.

07/10/1991: Vessel overshot pier at Kyle of Lochalsh during force 9 gale,n hitting New Kyleakin ferryboat "Loch Dunvegan". 3 small holes torn in plates of Hebridean Princess, but being well above waterline seawothiness not affected.

12/11/1991: Undergoing £200,000 overhaul at Tyneside Yard of A. and P. Appledore - decor being revamped, picture windows enlarged, more single staterooms, engine overhaul.

1993/4 Winter: Car hoist removed.

Summer 2019: Still in operation on Hebridean Luxury Cruises.
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Shipowner
Secretary of State for Scotland, Leith
Dimensions
length 220' 7" x breadth 43' 7" x depth 13'
Gross Tonnage: 2104 ton

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