The other trips they did tended to be in the Clyde Estuary, down to a line approx W - E between Campbeltown & Largs (S of Arran)i.e. 'sheltered water', as well as some that went through the Crinan Canal, and some that went over to Jura. The 'positioning trips' to Fort William were classed as 'open seas' and he couldn't take paying passengers - you were 'invited' and were paid a 'pittance' for your work.
VIC 32 is laid up for 2020 - they cancelled all her 2020 trips less than a week ago. I think she should be 'safe': there's been a lot of work done on her, including, I think a new boiler, but she is 77 years old. (A friend of mine is her 'engineer').
A great holiday ... certainly I enjoyed it - a good ship, good company, good food, good whisky.
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