Her names translates from Gaelic to "Isle of my Heart". Far
removed from the original steam lighters but included here as
she was one of the last of their successors to ply their
traditional routes of Scotland's west coast and islands.
Formerly the Dutch flagged MV "Dominence", she was
purchased by Chris Nicholson of Eisdeal Shipping Company.
She was used extensively around the western isles and as
far afield as Ireland, a principal cargo appearing to be
Her one claim to notoriety was when she had an altercation
with the Sgeir Dubh navigation light structure in Vatersay
Sound near Castlebay on Barra in 1990. The light was
destroyed while Eilean mo Graidh suffered only superficial
The photograph below shows her in Ayr Harbour alongside
Chris Nicholson's other vessel, the former VIC72, "Eilean Eisdeal"