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Rothesay ferry artefacts ‘should be saved for Bute’

MV Saturn in original condition, shortly after entering service in 1978.

MV Saturn in original condition, shortly after entering service in 1978.

 

Artefacts from the first ferry built specifically to serve the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay route should be saved by and for the community on Bute.

So says local community councillor Mike Blair, who has asked Bute Community Council to consider the idea at its next meeting.

MV Saturn is currently laid up at Rosneath on the Gare Loch, not having seen service since the summer of 2011.

Mike - also a presenter and deputy station manager at local internet radio station Radio Bute - wrote to BCC secretary Mick Common with the idea.

“The future of the vessel, once synonymous with Rothesay, could well see her scrapped as were her quasi sisters.

“With this in mind a CalMac Western Isles master has suggested to Radio Bute that the community of Rothesay should retain tangible examples of her memory. Such items as her bell; builder’s plate; lifebelts; destination boards etc. Even larger items such as taffrails could be erected in localities such as Montague Street Gardens.”

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