Captain impressed with Fort William
MORE than 900 passengers descended on Fort William last Thursday with the arrival of the Braemar cruise ship.
The Fred Olsen ship anchored in Loch Linnhe for its first visit to the town after travelling from Southampton on Sunday May 21. Speaking to the Lochaber
Times from aboard the ship, captain Jens Gulowsen said he was impressed with Fort William.
He said: ‘Coming through the Corran narrows, it was quite foggy, and this is the first time I have been here, but once the fog lifted we could see the lighthouse and it was quite beautiful.’
The Norwegian captain, who has been on cruise ships since 2004, said that the business has run in his family. Captain Gulowsen first got a taste for the sea when he was in the navy.
He was captain of the Boudicca before the Braemar, and said it was a ‘ whole different kind of ship’.
‘I am glad I had the chance to be in charge of the Boudicca first,’ he said.
Captain Gulowsen said he usually stays on board the ship when passengers go ashore. He said: ‘I sometimes get off but you want to keep the lady safe.
‘I’d like to see Fort William very much, especially in this weather.’
He said he would like to see the Braemar make a return to the town at some point.
Newly- elected Fort William and Ardnamurchan councillor Niall McLean presented the captain with a plaque on behalf of the Highland Council for the inaugural visit of the Braemar to Fort William.
Passengers enjoyed a host of activities put on in the town during their visit before heading off to Ireland for the next part of their journey.
And the Boudicca made a return visit to Fort William on Saturday during a five- day cruise that saw her go from Glasgow to Ullapool and the Small Isles.
After her previous visit to the town on May 10, it was said that on average each passenger surveyed spent £ 35 in the High Street.
Councillor Naill MacLean and Braemar captain Jens Gulowsen exchange plaques to mark the ship’s maiden trip to Fort William. Picture: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image