Try smaller ves­sels for win­ter sail­ings

The Oban Times - - Letters -

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

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