The 'MV Hallaig' was today launched from Ferguson's shipyard in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde.
The launch of a ship is always an exciting time, but more so these days as there are so few built on Clydeside.
She is the first of two cutting edge ‘hybrid’ ferries - the first of its kind in the world - and will be operated my Caledonian MacBrayne.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had the privilege of launching the vessel at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
The shipyard workers were on hand to ensure a safe passage as she entered the river, and it was with much pride that they saw the fruition of their many hours of skilled labour.
As always, the visitors were made to feel most welcome at this shipyard.
Crowd Begins to Gather Prior to the Hallaig Launch
Checks Before the Launch
Hallaig Launch - Ferguson's Shipyard
Yard Workers - Ferguson's Shipyard
Launch Workers - Ferguson's Shipyard
Cheering Crowds at the Hallaig Launch
Final Burning at the Hallaig Launch
Nicola Sturgeon Who Launched the Hallaig at Ferguson's Shipyard
Final Work Taking Place - Ferguson's Shipyard
A Wet Bottom at the Hallaig Launch
Hallaig Launches from Ferguson's Shipyard
Nicola Sturgeon with 19 year old apprentice Jill Hughes after the Launch
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