Jupiter under tow by tug Luna A
AFTER nearly four decades of service on the Clyde, ferry Jupiter bid farewell to the river tonight (Saturday), towed away for recycling.
One of Caledonian MacBrayne’s three so-called Streakers, Clyde-built Jupiter served mainly on the Gourock to Dunoon service.
The vessel has been laid up on standby at Roseneath in recent months whilst Saturn has been operating the route.
Saturn passed Jupiter while en route to Dunoon this evening and sounded her horn. Saturn’s days are also numbered as are those of the vehicle ferry service between Gourock and Dunoon town centres – a new passenger-only service starts on Thursday (30 June).
Jupiter was launched on 27 November 1973 at James Lamont and Company yard, Port Glasgow, and entered service on 19 March 1974.
The vessel primarily sailed to Cowal but was also, on occasion, used on the Wemyss Bay to Rothesay service and passenger-only cruise voyages in and around the Firth of Clyde. Jupiter was the oldest of the Streakers. Only Saturn remains. Juno was taken out of service in 2007.
Jupiter is owned by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), who determined the vessel is at the end of its working life and was to be sent for recycling in accordance with the UK ship recycling strategy.
Ship spotters at Gourock take photos of Jupiter's departure