After a public vote, the world’s second hybrid ferry – to be launched in May at Ferguson Shipbuilders, Port Glasgow – will be called Lochinvar, from Walter Scott’s 1808 poem Marmion, and following the “Scottish Literature Class” theme of her older sister Hallaig.
There is no local connection in that name with the route she will ply across Loch Fyne between Tarbert and Portavadie, but at least it harks back to a still much loved West Highland “steamer” (actually diesel powered) of older times – even a film star.
The first Lochinvar led an exceptionally long life, and in her middle ages briefly starred in the 1945 Powell & Pressburger movie I Know Where I’m Going! – surely one of the best lazy winter Sunday afternoon old flicks.
Lochinvar (II) is scheduled to be launched at Port Glasgow on 23rd May.
~ Iain McAllister ~
[Update 28 March, 2014: Lochinvar launch May 2013 – ]
[UPDATE 4 July 2014: Lochinvar entered serice on the Tarbert / Portavadie route in time for the 2014 summer season.]
Glasgow naval architect and yacht designer G.L. Watson once described yacht building as “the poetry of ship building”. Read more about Martin Black’s biography, G.L. Watson – The Art and Science of Yacht Design here.