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The Kessock Ferry
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The Kessock Ferry

Picture showing the old Kessock Ferry 'The Eilean Dubh' She eventually went on to do salvage and rig support work.
Picture added on 01 April 2003
Sadly the Eilean Dubh was cut up for scrap a couple of years ago. She was built in 1951 and during her latter years was a loyal servant to Macdonald ferries servicing the rigs in the firth. Macdonald ferries bought another Kessock ferry to replace her, the Rosehaugh. She can be seen as she is now in picture #342.
Added by Ronald Young on 25 January 2004
I have a much older photo of the Kessock Ferry, if someone would like to contact me I will pass it on.

Shame this site doesn't allow people to add their own photgraphs a little more easily.
Added by Craig McDonald on 20 December 2004
Craig has sent picture #985, and we'll look into creating a public upload facility soon.
Added by Garve Scott-Lodge on 20 December 2004
My great grandfather Alexander Macdonald was a ferry boatman at South Kessock in the mid to late 1800s. His daughter Mary my - grandmother - married my grandfather in Sunderland in 1890. Does anyone have any further information on Alex Macdonald?
Gordon Bell
Spruce Grove
Added by Gordon Bell on 01 March 2009
There are pictures of Eilean Dubh in another phase of life in the Brooklands Motor Sport and Aviation Museum, near Weybridge, Surrey. She has a hydraulic crane mounted on the deck and is part of the recovery fleet for the Wellington Bomber ditched in Loch Ness in 1940 and recovered in September 1985 and now a museum exhibit.
Added by Arthur Bird on 02 March 2009
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