Once a common occurence on the River Clyde, this was the first launch in 5 years from Ferguson's, the last remaining shipyard on the lower Clyde.
As was fitting for such a rare occassion, the launch was performed by Scotland's deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
MV Hallaig is the first of two hybrid dual fual ferries ordered by Caledonian MacBrayne.
|Workers prepare for the ceremony|
|People starting to come in to witness the launch|
|Workmen removing the supports to allow the ship to slide into the water, well most of them are busy|
|Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon performs the launch ceremony....|
|....while local schoolchildren and the public listen intently|
|There she goes!!! Hallaig slips smoothly into the water|
|Nicola Sturgeon posing for photos with the shipyard's first female apprentice|