We’re very grateful to Gary Nicolson, of Shapinsay, Orkney, for this set of photographs of the Campbeltown-built Thorsvoe Ferry which was built at the yard in 1991 and is still in service in Orkney.
Here are some of my photos of the Campbeltown-built ferry, Thorsvoe. She was built for Orkney Ferries in 1991 to serve the South Isles of Flotta and Hoy in Scapa Flow from Houton, the ferry terminal on Mainland Orkney. She also acts as a relief vessel on the Shapinsay to Kirkwall route in the North Isles at refit time. As the South Isles terminals are link-spans and Shapinsay to Kirkwall are hard concrete ramps, she was designed to serve both by being built on the lines of a landing craft style barge with the extra big bow door fitted for the concrete ramps. At an overall length and beam of 35 m x 10 m and a shallow draft of 1.8 m, gt of 385 tons, she is quite a lump of boat and could carry 16 cars, or 75 tons plus 121 passengers. She has 2 x engines: 346 kW – Volvos driving 2 Schottel 360 degree propulsion units.
There is also some information about the Thorsvoe from Iain Fleetwood here.