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Raylight  (2) 

 

Builder Scotts Greenock
Official Nr
Yard Nr 695
Launched 3/9/1963
Delivered
Length 97.3 ft
Beam 21.10 ft
Gross 177 tons
Deadweight 180 tons
Engine 2SA 6Cyl           

Built for Ross & Marshall and became part of the Glenlight fleet post-merger.

On Xmas day 1972 she suffered complete engine failure off the East Coast of the Island of Jura and was subsequently stranded in Tarbert Bay on the island. Her crew eere rescued by the Islay lifeboat. Raylight was salvaged and returned to service. The RCHAMS Canmore database has two wreck reports for a Raylight at this location, one of which refers to a steamship and the other a motor vessel , and gives the date as Xmas Day 1973. I believe that Canmore is wrong and that the account I give, taken from Len Patterson's "Light in the Glens" is definative.

On Monday 4th August 1975, Raylight sank within ten minutes of grounding on the Maidens Reef some 3 miles from Larne. She had been on passage to Kilroot on Belfast Lough. Her crew of four managed to take to their liferaft and were rescued by a Sealink Ferry.

Neither of the photographs below are dated although the one on the left shows her in her original Ross & Marshall colours and so presumably pre-dates their 1968 amalgamation into Glenlight Shipping. The one on the right shows her beached, it doesn't say where, but it is probably just south of the present CalMac slip on Iona with the Ross of Mull in the background. With radar now fitted it is presumably later than the other shot of her but the apparently all-black funnel puzzles me as this colour scheme wasn't used by any of the Glenlight companies pre- or.post-1968. The black hull could be either R&M or early Glenlight.

Photograph courtesty of Roy Cressey

Photograph courtesy of George Carr