Mallaig Harbour News: May 2018
Passenger Ferry Pontoon
Plans are well in hand for the construction of a passenger ferry pontoon/walkway in the Inner Harbour. This will replace the existing wooden steps and make future access to the small passenger ferries much safer and much more user friendly particularly for the elderly and infirm.
With no objections raised following the advert placed in The Oban Times on Thursday 1st March 2018, Marine Scotland has subsequently granted the Authority a licence to carry out the necessary works.
Construction is expected to commence October/November 2018.
In 2015 Marina Sant Carles, Spain, introduced an annual open day to attract the public, create a customer event and seek better integration with the local town and its businesses. The event was a huge success for all concerned and was quickly adopted by the rest of the marinas in Catalonia. In 2017 the event was adopted by the whole of Spain and is now firmly established in the annual calendar.
So why shouldn’t Mallaig Marina host its own Marina Day? That’s exactly what we are going to do and it’s on Saturday 9th June 2018. Hopefully the weather will be kind and, helped by local marina users, local lifesavers and other local groups, a fun day of “street fair” type attractions with music, BBQ, boat trips etc will hopefully ensue!
Put it in your diary 11am to 4pm on Saturday 9th June 2018!
As stated in previous West Words, the Mallaig Harbour Authority is 50 years old this year, and we are planning some celebratory event possibly in the Mallaig & Morar Community Centre in September for harbour stakeholders. Once our plans are finalised they will be published in West Word and on our web-site.
My quest for photographs of the harbour and harbour related events goes on so if you do have any photographs of Mallaig Harbour covering the period 1968 to present I would be obliged if you could send them to me. (They will be returned).
Here is one taken on the 30th May 1986 on the occasion of the opening of the Breakwater Extension to the Steamer Pier by Lord Gray of Contin, Minister of State for Agriculture and Fisheries at the Scottish Office.
Left to right: Michael Currie, Harbour Chairman; Mgr MacInnes; G. Gordon Jackson, Former Harbour Secretary; Sir Russell Johnston MP and Lord Gray. To mark the occasion young Roslyn Currie (7) presented Lord Gray with a night time photograph of Mallaig Harbour. Harbour Authority Board Members and Senior Staff as at 1st May 1986 were as follows:-
Chairman: Michael Currie
Vice-Chairman: Charles King
Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd: Capt R C S Campbell
British Railways Board: Clive Evans
Highland Regional Council: Councillor T Kirkwood
Mallaig & NW Fishermens Association: Peter McLean
Other Users Representative: Ronald C Reid
Other Vessel Users Representative: George Alexander
Secretary: Robert MacMillan
Harbour Master: Capt John Murray