By RoddyMaclean

MV Hebridean Princess

I saw her out in the bay when I was in Plockton on Wednesday, but too far out for a blip. Lo and behold, I saw her this morning in Stornoway as I walked along South Beach.

"She started life as the MacBrayne car ferry and Royal Mail Ship, initially RMS then MV Columba, based in Oban for the first 25 years of her life, carrying up to 600 passengers, and 50 cars, between the Scottish islands.

RMS Columba was the last of three car ferries built in 1964 by Hall, Russell & Company, Aberdeen for the Secretary of State for Scotland. Operated by David MacBrayne Ltd, Columba took up the Isle of Mull service, replacing the elderly ships MV Lochearn and MV Lochmor. She continued on this route for nine years.

Columba's interiors, and those of her sisters MV Hebrides and MV Clansman, were designed by a young Scottish designer, John McNeece, who was to go on to design the interiors of numerous cruise ships over the next 40 years." Wikipedia

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