Lochmor as Lochawe
|Namesake:||earlier Outer Isles mail steamer|
|Port of registry:|
|Route:||Mallaig to Small Isles|
|Launched:||11 June 1979|
|In service:||July 1979|
|Out of service:||2001|
|Length:||30.98 m (101 ft 8 in)|
|Beam:||8.01 m (26 ft 3 in)|
|Draught:||1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Installed power:||Twin diesel 2 x M6cy 4SA 382kW 520bhp|
Ailsa Shipbuilders of Troon won a tender in 1978 for an 84-foot vessel to replace the converted minesweeper, MV Loch Arkaig which served the Small Isles for 15 years. Before building, the specification was increased to 102 ft.
MV Lochmor had a raised main deck that was open at the stern for cargo. When required, there was space for two cars. Cargo loading was aided by a starboard crane. Forward, there were two passenger saloons on the lower deck, with the bridge on an upper deck. A landing platform, above the bridge, was used at the extreme low water found at Mallaig.
The superstructure has subsequently been extended back to surround the funnel.
From Mallaig, MV Lochmor served the islands of Rùm, Eigg, Muck and Canna, as well as Armadale, Skye and Kyle of Lochalsh. She also gave cruises to Loch Duich, the Crowlin Islands and Portree. Of the Small Isles, only Canna had a pier that she could go alongside. On the other islands a ferry boat met the main ferry.
In 2001 MV Lochmor was replaced by MV Lochnevis. She was sold to Landwest Corp Ltd, Argyll and renamed MV Loch Awe. During this period of ownership by Landwest, the ship was maintained, certificated and crewed by Landwest Corporation's sister company Argyll Ferries Ltd.
From 2003 she operated as MV Torbay Belle for Brixham Belle Cruises of Paignton. In 2009 she was sold to Blue Line Cruises of Poole and renamed MV Jurassic Scene. She now operates cruises on the south coast of England, from Poole.