here, which is a shame as these are tidy ships. She's part of the Norwegian Koppervik Group of some twenty companies who manage vessels in the 'short sea market' - their website is here.
here. an unfortunate name for a line as one associates it with the term 'stranding'. She's unusually high in the water, something she might be willing to risk in the recent fine weather, but she'd bounce around like a cork if the weather deteriorated.
It would be an interesting exercise to make a note of the owners of all the cargo ships which pass us, and see if the majority are Norwegian.
here, says of her, "Balmoral is our largest and newest cruise ship", having been refitted in 2008. A little research shows, however, that the ship is far from new, having been built in 1988 for the Royal Cruise Line as the Crown Odyssey - which makes her twenty-five years old. She was later sold to the Norwegian Cruise Line, before being bought by Fred Olsen in 2006.
here and, being typically French, the language describing her is a little flowery - try "white Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat’s hull".
here, says of her, "The Polar Pioneer is not a luxury vessel". At least that's refreshingly honest - but what's she doing in the Sound of Mull in late June?
here. We saw her on this side of the peninsula on 1st July under full sail, a fine sight. She's a ketch built in 1904 but still working for a living - she carries "a twelve guest crew". See the Classic Sailing website here.
here. She spent the night of 19th July moored in Ardmore Bay on the northeastern corner of the Isle of Mull, opposite Ormsaigbeg.