Nostalgia: Steamers pass in the Kyles of Bute

Julia Craig's nostalgic view of two steamers passing in the Kyles of Bute.

Julia Craig's nostalgic view of two steamers passing in the Kyles of Bute.

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This week’s nostalgic picture has been contributed by regular reader Julia Craig, from Troon, and shows the moment shortly after two steamers passed each other in the Kyles of Bute, just to the north of the ‘narrows’ near Rhubodach.

Since its publication in the July 10 print edition of The Buteman, two readers have been in touch to say that the vessel in the background is the David MacBrayne turbine steamer RMS St Columba, and that the picture may have been taken from the decks of the CSP paddle steamer Caledonia.

If you think likewise (or, indeed, otherwise), and you can supply a rough date for the picture - which we know to have been taken before the St Columba’s withdrawal in 1958 - please get in touch by calling (01700) 502503 or emailing news@buteman.com.

* Thanks also to readers - and schoolmates - David Healy and Margery Jenkins (nee MacKay), who got in touch to name the Rothesay Academy pupils pictured in our Nostalgia section on July 3. They were David McKenzie, Billy Stewart, Ian Ross, Peter Macmillan, Michael Alexander, Charles Strong, Joe Bryant, Jack Bryant, Ruaraidh McKinnon, Jim Cinnamond, Ann McColl, Margery MacKay, Marureen Borrowman and David Healy.