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The Kessock Ferry

The Kessock Ferry

Date Added: 01 April 2003 Contributor: Arthur Bird Year: 1960 Picture No: 329

Picture showing the old Kessock Ferry 'The Eilean Dubh' She eventually went on to do salvage and rig support work.

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Sadly the Eilean Dubh was cut up for scrap a couple of years ago. She was built in 1951 and during her latter years was a loyal servant to Macdonald ferries servicing the rigs in the firth. Macdonald ferries bought another Kessock ferry to replace her, the Rosehaugh. She can be seen as she is now in picture #342. Comment left on 25 January 2004 by Ronald Young
I have a much older photo of the Kessock Ferry, if someone would like to contact me I will pass it on.

Shame this site doesn't allow people to add their own photgraphs a little more easily.
Comment left on 20 December 2004 at 17:19 by Craig McDonald
Craig has sent picture #985, and we'll look into creating a public upload facility soon. Comment left on 20 December 2004 at 21:05 by Garve Scott-Lodge
My great grandfather Alexander Macdonald was a ferry boatman at South Kessock in the mid to late 1800s. His daughter Mary my - grandmother - married my grandfather in Sunderland in 1890. Does anyone have any further information on Alex Macdonald?
Gordon Bell
Spruce Grove
Comment left on 01 March 2009 at 17:03 by Gordon Bell
There are pictures of Eilean Dubh in another phase of life in the Brooklands Motor Sport and Aviation Museum, near Weybridge, Surrey. She has a hydraulic crane mounted on the deck and is part of the recovery fleet for the Wellington Bomber ditched in Loch Ness in 1940 and recovered in September 1985 and now a museum exhibit. Comment left on 02 March 2009 at 11:59 by Arthur Bird
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