New workboat to be launched at Bute shipyard

The Lady Charlotte, the second in a series of new workboats for the Scottish Salmon Company, is seen being launched at the Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company's Bute yard in October 2012.
The Lady Charlotte, the second in a series of new workboats for the Scottish Salmon Company, is seen being launched at the Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company's Bute yard in October 2012.

The third in a series of workboats constructed for the Scottish Salmon Company by a Bute boatbuilder is due to hit the water for the first time this week.

The Erin Julia will follow in the footsteps of the Lady Charlotte and Clare Anne when she is launched at the Port Bannatyne yard of the Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company on Tuesday.

The vessel will become the seventh new ship to be built at Ardmaleish in the last 13 years, following in the wake of the two SSC workboats, two trawlers, a replica puffer and the landing craft Marnock - the latter two built for Sir Robert Smith (now Lord Smith of Kelvin), owner of the island of Inchmarnock off Bute’s west coast.

The yard also has a contract to overhaul several of Caledonian MacBrayne’s smaller vessels each winter, and is currently being expanded to allow it to compete for overhaul work for the ferry operator’s larger ships in future.