This winter, HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS is undergoing her annual maintenance period in the James Watt Dock, the Garvel repair yard having won the contract to carry out any improvements to the elderly cruise ship following the demise of yards in the south that did the job previously. Behind her, in the Garvel Drydock, is CalMac's ISLE OF MULL which had arrived on Thursday 23rd from Oban. She was visiting the Clyde for emergency repairs to her rudders, despite having just completed her annual overhaul at Aberdeen just a day or two before. The two ships have met on many occasions, as both are based at Oban during the summer. In her original incarnation as MacBrayne's COLUMBA, HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS had originally served Mull from Oban, as does ISLE OF MULL nowadays.