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Former floating hotel in comeback

Ally

Deckhand
A cruise ship used as a floating hotel during the height of offshore rig work in Lewis in the 1970s returned to the Western Isles this week.

The Kristina Regina stopped off in Stornoway as part of a cruise taking in Scandinavia and Scottish islands.

Under its former name Borea, it lay off Arnish during work on the Drilling Master rig.

More than a thousand workers were drafted into the oil yard at the time, including from England and Jamaica.

The ship got its new name when it changed ownership in 1987 to Kristina Cruises.

It was built in Sweden in 1960, spending the first years of its life as a passenger steamer operating in the Baltic.

The Kristina Regina has left Stornoway for the next leg of the cruise.

(BBC)
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