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Ivor the engine

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Transport

This is our main transport for getting off-island;

Ben comes in 1


This is a heritage steam train - with a double decker bus behind it -


Caledonia

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What a sweet little ship!
She really isn't little. She is about 420feet long!
For some reason I just love the idea that a company still exists that is called, the 'Steam Packet Company'. It is so redolent of history (a bit like 'Carphone Warehouse' but infinitely more venerable.)
You are right- although it never really occurs to me. Actually it is, apparently, the 'oldest continuously operating passenger shipping company in the world', having been sailing backwards and forwards for 186 years!
Great choices! :D I love the ferry pic. It looks much smaller than I would have expected in relation to your island's size; but then my only comparisons are ferries going to Denmark, Sweden or Norway which usually have a large part of tourist traffic. Might that be the difference?
The Ben is fairly big - I don't know how she compares with the Scandinavian ones though.
Oh, she's indeed bigger than I thought! I think I got mislead by the angle and the lack of openings on the side; but for obvious reasons the construction and layout would be different to those of my experience, which go from Germany to Sweden and have a lot of long-distance cargo trucks on board, destined for Sweden and Norway.
I've travelled with two comparable types so far, this one as well as this. Both are longer than the Ben-My-Chree, but the smaller of the two takes 1/3 less passengers.
Yours is definitely the esthetically more pleasing one! :D
The Ben carries both freight and passengers - you can see some containers on the rear deck. All the part without windows is the car and freight decks, including the white area without windows. The upper white areas, with the windows, are the passenger lounges/cafeteria and so on.

One difference is that the Ben has very few cabins as it is only a 3.5 - 4 hour crossing and so most people are happy to sit in one of the lounges for it. The night crossing from the UK is mainly freight and so the 20 or so cabins (up on the top deck behind the bridge) are adequate as some people are happy to sleep in the seats in the lounges (much bigger than aeroplane seats and a lot more comfortable!) rather than pay extra for a cabin :)

And I agree with you - the Ben is more aesthetically pleasing!
The containers on deck where what mislead me - the ferries I know who have containers showing on deck are the smaller ones without lower car decks. Not having so many cabins for the crossing duration makes sense, of course. I haven't used one of this kind yet, only crossings which took the night, or which were two hours at most; but I remember lounge seats on the ferry back when I crossed from Le Havre to Portsmouth in the late 80s.

Edit: Just found it: the tiniest ferry we ever used was the one to the Danish island Ærø: Søby ferry. The island has no bridge and only another ferry which isn't much larger; and the complete freight transport is also done by these. Watching how tightly the vehicles are stored and what actually fits on these is amazing.

Edited at 2016-12-03 10:30 am (UTC)
That is a sweet wee ferry.

I have crossed from Mallaig to Skye (a 40 minute or so crossing) on Coruisk - I was amazed that they can actually get a coach onto her - although only in one particular spot.

But the angles between Skye and the Scottish mainland are such that there is a much shorter ferry crossing - and I reckon I can beat your smallest ferry by a bit - if you go to the last picture in this post you will see the Glenelg ferry that I also travelled on between Skye and the Scottish mainland - four cars and it's full!