Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Ships in the Sound
Aurora Expeditions. As her name suggests, she was built for Arctic conditions, by the Finnish government as a research ship in 1982, but she's been refurbished as a cruise ship with accommodation for 54 passengers. Trevor Potts at the Ardnamurchan Campsite, who spends his winters as a guide on Antarctic cruises, says that the polar ships we've been seeing cruise in west coast waters after transferring north early in the summer, waiting for conditions to improve before starting Arctic cruising.
Compagnie du Pontant's 'mega yacht' Le Boreal passing the more workmanlike local ferry Clansman. She's exactly what she looks - a very modern ship, built in 2010, with accommodation for only 264 passengers. We've seen her in these waters before, as we have....
Fred Olsen's Black Watch. She's a fine-looking ship who carries her age well. She was built in Finland in 1972 for the Royal Viking Line and was later bought by the Norwegian Cruise Line before being sold on to Fred Olsen in 1996. She caters for the mass cruising market, while....
here of her grounding on Harris the previous day, perhaps we shouldn't have been so hasty.
Tall Ships Youth Trust. Primarily designed to provide young people with the opportunity to undertake voyages of the character-building type, her operation is subsidised by adult voyages and holidays. So she probably has a schedule to follow, which gives her an excuse to be motoring.