MV Sound of Sanda

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MV Sound of Sanda
MV Sound of Sanda
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Name: Loch Scavaig
Owner: The Underwater Centre
Route: Gourock to Dunoon
Builder: 1963 by Gutehoffnungshulte Sterkrade, Akflengesellschaft, Rheinwerft, Walsum, Germany
Yard number: 1002
Acquired: 1996 wf/2013 tuc
In service: 1963
Out of service: 2013
Homeport: Glasgow
Status: laid up awaiting conversion
General characteristics
Class and type: Dive Support Vessel
Type: Double screw steel motor roll-on/roll-off ferry
Length: 48 m (157.5 ft)[1]
Beam: 14 m (45.9 ft)
Draught: 2.7 m
Installed power: 2 CAT V8 3408 marine
Propulsion: 2 HRP/ZF THRUSTERS
Speed: 9 KNOTS
Capacity: was 37 cars
Complement: was 220 Passengers
Crew: 4

Loch Scavaig ex Sound of Sanda was a car and passenger ferry, operated until October 2013 by Western Ferries across the River Clyde between Gourock and Dunoon. She is currently[when?] laid up in Fort William awaiting conversion to a dive support vessel. Her sister Loch Sunart ex Sound of Scalpay built in 1961 has already been converted into a ROV support vessel. Loch Scavaig has recently taken part in some subsea trials.


Sound of Sanda was built in Germany in 1963,[4] for Amsterdam City Council. In the mid 1990s, she and her near sister MV Sound of Scalpay were purchased by Western Ferries and overhauled at Greenock before entering service as Sound of Scalpay and a second Sound of Sanda.[5] The earlier Sound of Sanda, as MV Lymington, had previously been an Isle of Wight ferry. Sound of Sanda entered service with Western Ferries in 1996.[6]

On the acquisition of two brand new ferries in October 2013, Sanda along with her sister ship Sound of Scalpay were disposed of by Western Ferries. Both vessels were sold to The Underwater Centre, Fort William, Scotland and will be converted to dive barges for the training of commercial divers.[7]


Sound of Sanda had a single car deck with bow and stern ramps. The crossing was so short that many passengers stayed in their vehicles, but side viewing decks and passenger cabins were available.[5]


Sound of Sanda operated Western Ferries' Clyde service between McInroy’s Point (Gourock) and Hunters Quay (Dunoon).


  1. ^ a b "Sound Of Sanda (IMO: 8928894)". Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  2. ^ "Ships Index - S". World Shipping Register. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sound Of Sanda IMO: 8928894". Shipspotting. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Fleet". Western Ferries. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Western Ferries". Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Western Ferries". Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Western Ferries boats leaving for new life at Fort William". Retrieved 17 December 2013.