Postcard of the S.S. ‘Cygnet’ approaching Gott Bay pier.
Courtesy of Mrs Ishobel MacDonald
Built as a cargo steamer, the S.S. ‘Cygnet’ was launched from Inglis’ Yard on the Clyde in 1904. She received a boiler and the starboard engine salvaged from the MacBrayne steamship ‘Flowerdale’ which was lost off Lismore earlier that year.
Initially on the Glasgow-Inverary route, the ‘Cygnet’ was modified after World War I to accommodate passengers and transferred to the Oban-Coll-Tiree-Castlebay-Lochboisdale route. She was sold in 1930 and broken up the following year.
Alasdair Sinclair of Brock remembers the ‘Cygnet’ as a dreadful wee boat: ‘There was nowhere at all to sit…You just stood on deck ankle-deep in water and watched your luggage floating about.’
Black and white postcard of the ferry approaching Tiree pier.
The ferry `Cygnet` approaching Tiree in the 1920s. The SS `Cygnet` was launched in 1904, relieved the Outer Isles ferries until the end of WWI, then was based in Oban and conducted the Islands mail services until 1930 when she was sold. (Original postcard in Filing Cabinet 8 drawer 2)