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Orkney 1985

Posted by
sithenah (Greater Manchester/Cheshire, United Kingdom) on 27 April 2010 in Transportation and Portfolio.

In the summer of 1985 the MV Syllingar sailed from Kirkwall to Scalloway via Westray. The service operated by Viking Island Ferries only operated for the one season. It was capable of carrying 300 passengers and 14 cars, but was not a RORO so cars had to be lifted into the hold.

The MV Syllingar was previously the Scillonian II and a full history of the ship can be found on the Hearts of Oak website.

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Leslie from Canada

Looks like a pretty grey day there! I'd love to see the Orkneys some day.

27 Apr 2010 5:59pm

Roger Green from ALBANY, United States

Interesting. I love the idea of one form of transportation ferrying another; don't know why.

27 Apr 2010 6:43pm

Mara from Netherlands

Wow, I'm glad it's roll on roll off now. Although it might be quite a sight to see my coach up in straps being hauled into the hull of a ship!

27 Apr 2010 6:44pm

Tumblewords from United States

Amazing. I never wondered about that until now! Good post!

27 Apr 2010 7:21pm

Hildred Finch from Canada

What a long and varied career this ship had, - and very sad in the end.

28 Apr 2010 3:45am

jay from Antigua and Barbuda

Looks scary! Not sure I'd like to see my little car hoisted up like that!

28 Apr 2010 7:26pm

@jay: My only worry at the time was that we had to wait around for quite a while until it got unloaded.

Gattina from Belgium

interesting O post !

28 Apr 2010 8:39pm