The latest new ship to be built at the Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company on Bute hit the water for the first time on Friday.
The Lady Charlotte is the second vessel built by the workforce at the Port Bannatyne yard for the Scottish Salmon Company’s operations on the country’s west coast.
Named after a pupil at Shieldaig Primary School near Loch Torridon, where the vessel will be based, the Lady Charlotte is of largely similar design to her SSC sister ship Clare Anne, which was launched at Ardmaleish in January.
The Lady Charlotte is the sixth new vessel to be built at Ardmaleish in the last eleven years, and follows in the wake of the Clare Anne, the trawlers Spes Bona V and Scotia Star, the replica puffer Maryhill and the landing craft and cattle carrier Marnock – the latter two built for Lord Smith of Kelvin, who owns the island of Inchmarnock off Bute’s west coast.
The Port Bannatyne firm also has a contract to overhaul 11 of Caledonian MacBrayne’s smaller vessels each winter, and has carried out maintenance work on the other members of the SSC fleet for several years.