The view of Isis 674,’78 in drydock at Troon, which with her sister Burhou I were for 17 years mainstays of Alderney Shipping’s various Channel Island services, indicates a change of trading from lo-lo ‘liner’ to general West Highland tramps.
Both vessels have gone to Great Glen Shipping based on Corpach, Fort William. Hard worked vessels, they were products of Jadewerft, Wilhelmshafen, as David Dorman and Edgar Dorman.
They are no stranger to Scottish waters having operated by Dennison of Orkney for some years as Deer Sound and Bressay Sound. They seem to be tough little ships and hopefully will have some years in them yet with timber and road salt being staple traffics on their new patch.
I note that, since arrival, Isis has visited Londonderry with timber and Kilroot for salt and, as I write, is at Lochalsh. Burhou I has been to Waterford and Kilroot when not home at her base at Corpach. Alderney Shipping are apparently still involved, at least for a while, on crewing and other matters.
Meanwhile, Alderney Shipping have replaced their ‘old ladies’ by chartering larger tonnage, firstly with Fehn Coral, but now with Faversham Ships’ Valiant 1,512,’92. She operates the approximately bi-weekly complex route for container and lo-lo cargoes between Poole, Alderney, Guernsey and Jersey. Their little Mungo 664,’80 is working on general tramping with drydocking scheduled at Hull early this year.