Beatlemania, Cuban Missiles and Hydraulic Lift Ramps: In Praise of MV Hebrides

MV Hebrides sailing from Tarbert, Harris.

MV Hebrides sailing from Tarbert, Harris.

It’s April 15th 1964. ┬áBeatlemania’s at fever pitch, the Cuban Missile Crisis feels like a nuclear nightmare only recently averted and Scotland football fans are still weeping into their scarves a full three years after England put 9 goals past the hapless Frank Haffey at Wembley. None of this is uppermost in the minds of the crowd gathering on Tarbert pier today however. ┬áChange is coming across the Minch to Harris at a top speed of 14 knots in the shape of the MV Hebrides on her maiden voyage and they want to be there when it arrives. Continue reading

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