ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
HEBRIDES
Type
FERRY, PASSENGER, VEHICLE
Date
1964
Official Number
305301/6401165
Description
Yard Number: 910
Identity Number: 6401165

Subsequent Names: DEVONIUN; ILLYRIA

Type: Car/Passenger Ro/Ro Ferry
Engines by Crossley Bros Ltd, Manchester.
Construction: welded

Owner: Secretary of State for Scotland, Leith (Caledonian MacBrayne)
Manager: Caledonian MacBrayne Glasgow

HEBRIDES was the first of three ships being ordered by Caledonian MacBrayne for service to the Western Isles of Scotland. The other two ships were the CLANSMAN 911 and COLUMBA 912 which was still operating in 2010 as the HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS. The ferries were built as side loading car ferries with a ramp and lift forward of the bridge front and twin propellers aft.

Not registered after 1982-83 as HEBRIDES in Lloyd's Register of Shipping.

1985: Became DEVONIUN of Torbay Seaways
1993: Renamed ILLYRIA by Greek owners (Illiria Lines) although she worked between Italy and Albania.
During 1998: She was in the Caribbean working out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
1999: Caught fire in Eleusis Bay, Greece. Damaged and laid-up.
July 2003: Sold to Turkey for breaking.
September 2003: Demolished in India.

Most information from:
Deayton, Alistair, CalMac: An Illustrated History of Caledonian MacBrayne (Chalford: Amberley Publishing, 2015)

Throughout her Western Isles career (1964-85) Hebrides was employed on Uig (Skye) | Tarbet (Harris) | Lochmaddy (North Uist).
Service: She proved very reliable except in 1981, when she lost a rudder and was towed to Greenock for replacement. It had to be manufactured and she did not return in service until 1 July, having been off duty for a month.
One of her most unusual 'passengers' was in Sept. 1980, when she carried from Lochmaddy to Uig the (at that time) celebrated grizzly bear Hercules, which had been loose in N. Uist for 3 weeks [Liverpool Echo, 17/09/1980].
In 1979 the crew presented a retiring pier worker at Uig with a silver tea set to thank him for awaiting the arrival of the ship regardless of the weather for 9 years [Press + Journal, 27/11/1979].
In 1981 Highland Regional Council awarded a contract for removing silt from the berth used by Hebrides at Uig [Press + Journal, 14/05/1981].
The most frequent diversions by Hebrides from her normal roster were to make livestock sailings, usually, to Oban - from Lochboisdale, Castlebay, Lochmaddy, Tiree, Coll and Colonsay.
For her last 4 years in CalMac service she was laid up at Greenock in late winter, usually for 2 months. She made her final CalMac sailings on 13 Nov. 1985 and was sold to Torbay Seaways for planned service from Torquay to Channel Islands.
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Owner
Secretary of State for Scotland, Leith
Dimensions
length 220' x breadth 43' x depth 13'
tonnage 2104 ton

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