Glasgow And Ships Of The Clyde

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CLANSMAN (1964-1984 Roro ferry 235 feet long of Caledonian MacBrayne, Gourock) Own Page

In 1970's gusting wind causes Caledonian MacBrayne's CLANSMAN to crash at Ardrossan Harbour

Ship's locationArdrossan Harbour (Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryGlasgow
Arrived fromBrodick (Isle of Arran)

Jim McLellan tells that in 1970s one winter evening he was at

Winton Pier, Ardrossan Harbour waiting for Caledonian MacBrayne's

CLANSMAN to arrive on the last run of the day from Brodick.

It was a stormy day, and when CLANSMAN came in and turned right for

the Arran berth, the strong gusting wind caught her and drove her

sideways down the full length of the harbour and, with a tremendous

thump she landed side-on, rocking heavily on the end of Montgomerie Pier.

But he always liked the sausage rolls on the MacBrayne boats, as they

were baked in their own bakery in Gourock.