From Our Files, November 12 2021

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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday November 11, 2011

Hybrid ferry first for Gigha

A world first is coming to Kintyre, with the announcement of a new hybrid ferry.

When the Gigha ferrymen go home at night, they will have to remember to plug the ferry into the mains, for the Tayinloan to Gigha route will get a new passenger and vehicle roll-on roll-off the ferry, which will incorporate a low-carbon hybrid system of diesel, electric and battery power.

The other will go to the CalMac service between Skye and Raasay.

This is one of two new ferries which are to be funded by the Scottish Government in a contract worth more than £20 million.

Clyde shipyard Ferguson’s of Port Glasgow has been awarded the contract, allowing it to create more than 100 new jobs and keep its 75 current employees.

The ferries will come into operation in 2013, a world first for seagoing passenger and vehicle roll-on roll-off ferries.

The technology will be cleaner, quieter and cheaper to operate and maintain than ever before.

It will help Scotland to meet ambitious climate change targets and demonstrates the vast economic potential of developing green technology and moving to a low-carbon economy.

Richard Dean, managing director at Ferguson’s, said the ships should be able to charge from the national grid overnight, drawing on renewable energy.

The two ferries will each accommodate 150 passengers and 23 cars or two HGVs with a service speed of nine knots.

George Taylor, technical director for Caledonian MacBrayne, who was part of the small ferry project team, behind the plans, said: ‘The introduction of hybrid power units on the next generation of small ferries is an exciting step in our ongoing efforts to improve the environmental impact of our vessels.’

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday November 8, 1996

Bye bye baby

Argyll and Bute health officials have confirmed that from this week, Campbeltown Hospital will only deal with emergency deliveries while planned deliveries will take place in Glasgow.

Antenatal care will continue to be provided exactly as before, and despite delivering only emergency cases, mothers and babies can still return to hospital for recuperation closer to home.

And as for the future of the maternity ward – it is not in doubt.

‘We retain our firm commitment to a 24-hours-a-day midwifery service and there will be no reduction in beds as a result of the changes in deliveries,’ said a trust spokesman.

The switching of planned deliveries to Glasgow comes after general practitioners (GPs) throughout the Argyll and Clyde Health Board area expressed worries about the safety of births in outlying districts.

‘Local GPs are anxious that they should have the proper expertise and knowledge to deal with deliveries in the hospitals,’ said a health board spokesperson.

‘They need to keep up their expertise, and to do that with the relatively low number of births is very hard.’

The number of births has halved in the past 15 years with only 28 babies being born here last year.

‘If there is an emergency that will be dealt with by the doctors,’ the spokesperson added.

‘What we are talking about here is planned deliveries.’

Local GPs made their intentions known in April of this year following professional advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians.

Since then they have been advising mums-to-be to deliver their babies in specialist centres such as the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday November 11, 1971

What a catch!

A Navy bomb disposal unit raced from Faslane to Carradale on Monday after a Tarbert fishing boat had picked up no fewer than four mines in its nets in Kilbrannan Sound.

The vessel reported the matter to Southend Coastguard and the Navy men were alerted.

It was later discovered that the mines were of the practice type, but could still explode.

The bomb disposal unit discharged the four mines at sea.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Saturday November 12, 1921

Campbeltown Nursing Society – the year’s work

The annual meeting of the Nursing Society in affiliation with Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Institute for Nurses was held in the Christian Institute on Monday afternoon, Reverend Charles McLean BD presided.

The annual report was read by the hon secretary Mrs AH Gardiner.

In submitting this the 31st annual report, the committee congratulate themselves on the increasing support they are receiving in their efforts to alleviate, by the services of a trained nurse, cases of sickness and suffering among the community.

The work is carried on most successfully by Nurse Rankin.

For some months Nurse Rankin was unfortunately off work, owing to ill-health, and her work was undertaken voluntarily by her sister Nurse M Rankin, in addition to her own work as health visitor.

The committee desire to express their gratitude to Nurse M Rankin for the work she undertook and accomplished during her sister’s convalescence.

Nurse Rankin returned in June, restored in health, and has since been on duty and performed her work with unfailing sympathy and success.

A total of 108 new cases were nursed during the year from 1st October, 1920, to 31st October, 1921.

Of these cases, 53 were medical, 43 surgical; 68 recovered, three were removed to hospital, and 20 remain on the books of the society.

A total of 2,395 visits were paid, and the nurse was on duty 1,314 and-a-half hours.

The ordinary income from subscriptions, donations and investments, including interest from the Cordiner Endowment, amounts to £341.13s 1d and the expenditure to £270.5s 7d.

An offer from the Argyll Education Authority of £40 per annum as salary to the nurse for undertaking the work of following up treatment for school children under the doctor employed by the Education Authority has just been received and the committee hope to be able to accept this offer, provided the work involved can be accomplished without interfering with the district work.

The committee again desire to remind the public that Nurse’s services are at the disposal of anybody requiring trained nursing, but that, in the case of people who are able to do so, the services are expected to be acknowledged by a donation, however small, to the funds of the society.

Dr JP Brown testifies to the usefulness of the Nurse’s services and said he did not know how the doctors would get on without her assistance.

[Editor’s note: The NHS was still a long way off; the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1947 came into effect on July 5 1948.]