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29th November 1935 Talisman

Talisman in 1935.


On Friday 29th November 1935 Talisman was, as usual that winter, scheduled to run the LNER ferry services connecting the north bank of the Clyde at Craigendoran to the Holy Loch, Dunoon and Rothesay.

Freshly built that year with Diesel electric propulsion for her paddle wheels, which could be controlled from the bridge, Talisman made her first appearance in service in June and spent most of her first two winters on this ferry roster:

  • 7am Ardnadam (Holy Loch) – 7.25am Dunoon – 8.12am Craigendoran
  • 8.45am Craigendoran – 9.25am Dunoon
  • 10.10am Dunoon – 10.55am Craigendoran
  • 11.23am Craigendoran – 12.50pm Rothesay
  • 2.20pm Rothesay – 3.45pm Craigendoran
  • 4.38pm Craigendoran – 5.45pm Ardnadam (Holy Loch)

Talisman’s first master Captain MacVicar.

It was a nice gentle roster starting and finishing the day at this remote Holy Loch pier where she also spent the Sabbath lying alongside. Not so good though for any crew wishing to go ashore or overnight at home if they lived anywhere other than on the Cowal peninsula and then only if they had a bicycle with them.

The schedule was also a million miles away from today’s more intensive ferry rosters. In the winter of 1935 if you didn’t catch the one round trip each way on Talisman between the Holy Loch and Craigendoran, between Craigendoran and Dunoon and between Craigendorn and Rothesay then you would have had to wait for her to come back tomorrow.

John Megoran

John Megoran

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