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15 February 2010
Goodby Cromarty Rose

The new owner of Cromarty's well-kent ferry, Martin Woolls, prepares to sail from northern waters to her new base in the Bristol Channel. From Cromarty, she will travel down the Caledonian Canal and along the West Coast in ten stages. If you catch a glimpse of the ferry before she departs, you will see the owner's 'accommodation' for the journey — a caravan parked on the ferry's turntable.

Under the new name of Westward Ho!, she will run a service to the privately-owned island of Steep Holm, about five miles offshore from the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare.

Southampton Marine Services has a £500,000 contract to build a new Cromarty-Nigg ferry to carry four cars and 50 passengers.