Built 1993, Richards Lovestoft, United Kingdom
Tonnage 5 221 GT
Length 94,28 m
Width 15,80 m
Draugth 3,15 m
1 000 passengers
2 Mirrlees diesels, combined 4 265 kW
2 bow thrusters
Speed 15 knots
The Caledonian Isles was built in 1993 to replace the Isle of Arran (detailed in my previous Scotland entry) on the Ardrossan-Brodick route. The ship was named in May 1993 by Princess Anne and was due to enter service for the 1993 summer season, but due to a computer error its entry into service was delayed until August. Even then, the ship suffered serious teething problems, before settling comfortably on the route. Very comfortably in fact, as it has remained sailing on the same service until the present.
The photos below show the Caledonian Isles arriving at Brodick on 2 June 2016, photographed from Brodick. As per the usual, click on the images to see them in larger size.
|Notice that the progressive Scots have wind turbines, whereas in Finland they are vehemently opposed as they "destroy the culture landscape" (even though, by definition, "culture landscape" is a landscape where the effects of humans are visible).|
|The lighting was not perfect, but since these are my only photos of the ship (thus far) I'm going to do with it.|
|Nice background, but the lighting...|