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Hoy Head

Hoy Head

The first ro-ro from Houton to Lyness?

Picture added on 08 June 2010 at 11:52
No Steven, the first ro-ro was the Lyra Bay, started as ro-ro in 1983. Formerly a ferry from Faroe Islands then named SAM, she ran a conventional service using a Hiab type crane prior to the terminals at Houton Flotta and Lyness being built. The Hoy Head seen above was bought from Shetland as they built larger replacement vessels for the service there.
Added by John Budge on 09 June 2010
who would have been the main skipper then gordon watters or billy learmonth?
Added by Michael Johnston on 11 June 2010
She was the Geira when we had her. She she was sold south to you in April '86. (If the SIC's records are right).

This site apparently won't permit URL's, but if you Google this it'll bring up a page with some info on her history in Shetland.


[If you put the URL without the http:// I can sort it for you... ,like so - Steven
Added by Michael Garriock on 03 August 2010
Before the ro-ro service started, Post Office Telephones had to hire the Flottarian from Occidental, drive the lorry and tractor down the slip at Burray then drive up the beach at (I think), South Walls.
Added by Grant Leonard on 03 August 2010
I'm afraid Occidental fell out with the owners of the burray slip and i had to drive the Tico Truck at full speed off the Flotarian up the beach at the other side of the pier in Burray. We had a longbase landrover which would go on the old Hoy Head (MFV) at high tide and P.F's tractor would also go on but boy did it make the winch squeal.
Added by W Watters on 05 August 2010
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