The ‘Erin Julia’ - the third in a series of workboats built for the Scottish Salmon Company on Bute - hit the water for the first time at the Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company’s Port Bannatyne yard on Tuesday.
The vessel is named after the daughter of Christopher Smyth, on of her crew members - though Erin herself was less than impressed at the two attempts of her mum, Christopher’s partner Emma MacPhail, to smash the celebratory bottle of champagne on the new ship’s bow ahead of her launch!
Eventually the Scottish Salmon Company’s south production manager Iain MacIntyre was able to oblige - though he likewise needed more than one attempt! - but to the cheers of those watching, including the Ardmaleish workforce and pupils from nearby North Bute Primary School, the new vessel eventually rolled down the slip and into the water, destined - eventually - for a working career in and around the SSC’s fish farms in Loch Fyne and elsewhere in Argyll.
The Erin Julia is the third SSC workboat to be built at Ardmaleish, following in the wakes of her older sisters Lady Charlotte and Clare Anne.