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This is her stranded on Barmore Island just north of Tarbert in Loch Fyne. In fact. on 25th March 1927, she drifted onto the rocks after her starboard paddle wheel was smashed and required her engine to be stopped. The strong wind at the time took her ashore. As she was an old vessel by then (61 years old) she was deemed unworthy of repair and was taken to Troon for demolition. The year 1927 was a bad one for her owners David MacBrayne - they lost 3 vessels that year - starting with the Stornoway mail steamer Sheila on New Year's Day (that one was due to an error of navigation). In September the popular paddle steamer Grenadier caught fire and sank at the North Pier in Oban, sadly with the loss of her master and another crew member, the loss of the latter being in very distressing cir***stances.The financial repercussions brought the old MacBrayne company to its knees. In the following year the service was taken over by David MacBrayne (1928) Ltd, a company part owned by Coast Lines and part by the LMS Railway.
See
http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=6488
and
http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=1943
and
http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=6693
 

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