Photographs of the construction of the Ro-Ro linkspan on Gott pier in 1992.
Series of 24 colour photographs of the construction of the roll-on roll-off linkspan at Gott Bay pier in 1992, showing stages of progress and the huge crane floated in for the job. (see photos W21-W26 for similar)
Construction of the roll-on roll-off ferry terminus at Gott Bay pier
Photograph of the construction of the roll-on roll-off ferry terminus at Gott Bay pier in 1992.
Courtesy of Ms Rona Campbell
The roll-on roll-off ferry terminus at Gott Bay pier was constructed in 1992 at a cost of £2.5 million. A new pier, incorporating the linkspan, was built to the east of the old pier-head, extending into deeper water where, some argued, the original pier-head should have been situated.
The linkspan, a mechanically operated steel ramp, can be raised or lowered to suit the tides, enabling vehicles to be driven straight on to the car deck of the ferry from the pier. Prior to this, vehicles were side-loaded in batches and lowered to the car deck by lift.
In the same year, a linkspan was constructed at Coll pier. The ferry turnaround times at both piers were cut to around a third, substantially reducing the sailing time from Oban to Tiree.
Colour photograph of the construction of the roll-on roll-off ferry terminus at Gott Bay pier in 1992.
The construction of the roll-on roll-off ferry terminus at Gott Bay pier in 1992.
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