Days gone by – the SS Handa

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Iain Thorn­ber sent in this week’s photo of the SS Handa at the head of Loch Su­nart in around 1890. Iain said: ‘She was built in 1878 and be­came part of the MacBrayne fleet in March 1887 on the Oban- Coll-Tiree and Portree-Har­ris mail routes. On ac­count of her large cargo- car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity in pro­por­tion to her size, she was nick­named “MacBrayne’s Glad­stone bag”. She was sold to Thomas W Ward of Sheffield, scrap metal mer­chants and ship breakers, and aban­doned at sea on De­cem­ber 24, 1917. Her dimensions were 84.2ft in length, 20.1ft in the beam, with a 9.5ft draught and gross ton­nage of 146.’

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