BCC seeks to save ferry artefacts

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

Bute Community Council has agreed to write to Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd to enquire as to whether they would be permitted to take possession of items from MV Saturn before it is scrapped.

The decision came about at Wednesday’s meeting (September 17) after being raised by community councillor, Mike Blair.

Mike said: “Many people miss her, rightly or wrongly. She’s currently laid up in Roseneath and there’s a movement to save her, but I don’t think it’ll come to fruition.

“It seems to me that before she disappears Rothesay should make a claim to some of the equipment on her, like the bell, and brass name plates.

“Personally I felt that the ideal place to put that bid in would be BCC. The items could be displayed in Eaglesham House or Bute Museum.”

MV Saturn entered service on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay route in February of 1978, originally with the legend ‘Rothesay Ferry’ on her hull.

From the mid-1980s onwards she also served Dunoon, and from 2005 she provided extra summer capacity on the Ardrossan-Brodick service.