Mini cruise ship takes shape at Bute yard

Andy Thoms from The Majestic Line inside MV Glen Etive with Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company MD Ewan Ferguson.

Andy Thoms from The Majestic Line inside MV Glen Etive with Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company MD Ewan Ferguson.

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Work is gathering pace on the construction of a bespoke mini cruise ship at the Ardmaleish boatyard on Bute.

The Glen Etive is being built by the Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company in Port Bannatyne for the Majestic Line, the Sandbank-based small boat cruising company whose existing vessels, Glen Tarsan and Glen Massan, are familiar sights in Rothesay Bay.

Capable of carrying ten crew and up to 12 passengers, the new vessel is specifically designed for cruises to the Outer Hebrides and St Kilda, and is due to undertake her first cruise, from Skye to the Shiant Isles in the Minch, on April 23.

Ewan Ferguson, the managing director of the Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company, said: “The building of the Glen Etive requires many specialist skills and has kept the workforce fully employed, especially giving valuable experience to our apprentices.

“The main construction of the vessel is complete and the interior fit-out is coming along nicely. We are now commencing the exterior paintwork.

“The Glen Etive will be a beautiful vessel and it will be a very proud day for us all when she is launched.”