Try smaller vessels for winter sailings
Sir, May I add my wholehearted support to the Mull and Iona Ferry Committee in its efforts to obtain a more reliable daily ferry service between Mull and Oban by Calmac? ( Oban
Times January 14). Although Morvern is in the Highland area it depends on the Oban-Mull link for its mail, newspapers and other essentials via the Fishnish-Lochaline ferry.
Where is Mull’s MSP and MP in all this? They should be highlighting this appalling nonsense and fighting on behalf of their constituents in Holyrood and Westminster. I understand many people on Mull are
now reluctant to travel to Oban for the day in case the ferry goes off and they are left stranded.
It is well known the captain of any vessel has the final word, but it would appear the decision to sail is being determined externally rather than by local knowledge and common sense.
Of course, the vessels used by CalMac are far too large-sided for winter use. These liners should be replaced at the end of the season by smaller boats offering a shuttle service. Historically, the Sound of Mull was better served a century ago than it is today. A pity perhaps that Sir Compton Mackenzie, author of Whisky Galore, Laxdale Hall and other famous comedy films based on real life, isn’t still around!
Iain Thornber Lochaline, Morvern