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Hebridean Princess Arrives at Peel

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2012

HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS [2,112 grt / 1964] of Hebridean Island Cruises seen arriving at Peel on the early afternoon of August 20, 2012. The first view shows her off Niarbyl on approach to Peel. The remainder show her entering the harbour and berthing alongside the Breakwater. As the ship berthed her bow appeared to get caught by a stiff breeze and her started swinging rapidly to starboard, starboard anchor can be seen to have been deployed in one of the photos to slow the movement.

HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS began life as David MacBrayne car ferry COLUMBA built by Hall Russell of Aberdeen. Since the late 1980s she has operated as a cruise ship and is the only cruise ship to hold the Royal Warrant, that having been granted in January 2012 following two private charters by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 and 2010.

She was operating a 9 night 'Gaelic Explorer' itinerary departing Cork on August 16, calling at Kinsale, Dublin, Peel, Strangford Lough, Bangor, Ballycastle and Sanda Island, Lochranza and Bute arriving at Greenock on August 25.


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