MV Isle of Cumbrae

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MV Isle of Cumbrae
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Namesake: Isle of Cumbrae
Owner: Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited
Operator: Caledonian MacBrayne
Port of registry: Glasgow

Tarbert - Portavadie (summer)

Relief vessel (winter)
Builder: Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon[1]
Yard number: 551
Launched: 22 December 1976
In service: 4 April 1977
General characteristics
Class and type: ro-ro vehicle ferry
Tonnage: 201 GRT; 72 t DWT[3]
Length: 32 m (105.0 ft)[1]
Beam: 10 m (32.8 ft)[1]
Draught: 1.4m
Installed power: 6-cyl Gardner Engines Ltd, Manchester
Propulsion: 2x Voith Schneider Propellers
Speed: 8.5 knots
Capacity: 160 passengers and 18 cars
Crew: 3

MV Isle of Cumbrae is a Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited ro-ro car ferry, built in 1976 and operated by Caledonian MacBrayne. For ten years she was at Largs, and operated the Loch Fyne crossing from 1999 to 2014. She was replaced by the MV Lochinvar in 2014, a new diesel-electric hybrid ferry capable of holding 23 cars and 150 passengers.[4] She returned to Tarbert in 2016 after MV Lochinvar was moved to the Mallaig - Armadale station.


MV Isle of Cumbrae was built in 1976 by Ailsa Shipbuilding Company of Troon.[5]


Isle of Cumbrae's design is a scaled-down version of the Skye ferries MV Kyleakin and MV Lochalsh. She has three lanes on her car deck, with ramps at either end which fold in two sections, like those on the Island Class ferries. Passenger accommodation is down the starboard side, with a small wheelhouse above.[5]

Voith Schneider units at diagonally opposite corners of her hull provide propulsion.[5]


MV Isle of Cumbrae took up the Largs crossing in early April 1977, replacing two small bow-loading ferries, Largs and Coruisk. She remained on this crossing until summer 1986, when the route was taken over by twins MV Loch Striven and MV Loch Linnhe.[5]

In August 1986, Isle of Cumbrae moved to the FishnishLochaline crossing in the Sound of Mull, replacing the small MV Canna. She remained there until July 1997, when she was replaced by the larger MV Loch Alainn.[5] Isle of Cumbrae replaced MV Loch Riddon in the Kyles of Bute, but was herself replaced by the much larger MV Loch Dunvegan in 1999.[5] She then transferred to the summer TarbertPortavadie route across Loch Fyne. In winter she took up a relief role, covering MV Loch Dunvegan (Colintraive) and MV Loch Fyne (Lochaline).[5]

In 2014, she was replaced by the diesel-electric hybrid ferry MV Lochinvar, becoming a spare vessel

The 2015 season saw her back at Largs while covering for a broken down MV Loch Shira, and providing additional sailings from Claonaig to Lochranza alongside MV Loch Tarbert during the Brodick Highland Games, before going back to Tarbert and lying spare.

In early 2016, she returned to the TarbertPortavadie route after MV Lochinvar moved to the Mallaig - Armadale station.


  1. ^ a b c "MV Isle of Cumbrae". CalMac. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ships Index: I4". World Shipping Register. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Isle of Cumbrae". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Build complete on second hybrid ferry - MV LOCHINVAR". Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Isle of Cumbrae - History". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 

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