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Eilean mo Graidh  

 

Builder in Netherlands
Yard Nr
Launched 1970
Delivered
Length
Beam
Gross
Deadweight c 400 tons
Engine Diesel

Her names translates from Gaelic to "Isle of my Heart". Far removed from the original steam lighters but included here as she was one of the last of their successors to ply their traditional routes of Scotland's west coast and islands. 

Formerly the Dutch flagged MV "Dominence", she was purchased by Chris Nicholson of Eisdeal Shipping Company.  She was used extensively around the western isles and as far afield as Ireland, a principal cargo appearing to be building materials.

Her one claim to notoriety was when she had an altercation with the Sgeir Dubh navigation light structure in Vatersay Sound near Castlebay on Barra in 1990. The light was destroyed while Eilean mo Graidh suffered only superficial damage.

The photograph below shows her in Ayr Harbour alongside Chris Nicholson's other vessel, the former VIC72, "Eilean Eisdeal" .

Photograph courtesy of and Copyright Angus MacKinnon