Last of the Clyde Streakers heads to the Pentland Firth

MV Saturn alongside at Rosneath – picture by Robert Orr, reproduced under Creative Commons.


MV Saturn, the last of the ‘streakers’ which were a familiar sight on the Clyde until three years ago, has been sold by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL).

After being laid up at Rosneath since being taken out of service in September 2011, she will now go into the ownership of Pentland Ferries Ltd.

MV Saturn was launched on June 30 1977 at the Ailsa Shipyard in Troon and entered service on February 2 the following year.

She will be used by Pentland Ferries for freight work and working with the renewable energy sector around Orkney and the Pentland Firth.

Tom Docherty, chief executive of CMAL, said: “The MV Saturn is the last in the line of Clyde Streakers and spent most of her time on the Wemyss Bay to Rothesay service on the Clyde during her 33 years of service.

“We are delighted that she is to be refurbished and able to carry on sailing in the north of Scotland and we wish her new owner’s years of continued service.”

The vessel has a ‘green passport’ issued by Lloyd’s Register, which contains an inventory of the materials it is constructed from and the materials it has on-board as part of its outfit.

Pentland Ferries will follow the DEFRA ship recycling strategy when the vessel is eventually disposed of.

The Saturn’s sister ships, MV Juno and MV Jupiter, were recycled in 2011 under the UK ship recycling strategy, a DEFRA initiative, supported by the Scottish Government, which applies to all vessels above 500 gross tonnes that are owned by the UK Government and its agencies.

MV Juno was dismantled on the Clyde and MV Jupiter was towed to Denmark to be broken up.


  1. That’s a picture of Jupiter(or possibly Juno), definitely not Saturn! Nice to see she’s not going for razor blades just yet.

    • Thanks db – I’ve changed it now. The previous image was incorrectly labelled on Flickr – and I didn’t zoom in to check.

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