Cap­tain im­pressed with Fort Wil­liam

The Oban Times - - News -

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

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