The Boat…The History!

 

You might know the boat as Craft Daft on a Raft but in fact that is what we do  ( go craft daft on a raft) rather than what she is called.

Craft Daft on a Raft in her previous life as the Finnieston to Plantation pedestrian ferry on the Clyde, Glasgow. Ferry No.10

Craft Daft on a Raft in her previous life as the Finnieston to Plantation pedestrian ferry on the Clyde, Glasgow. Ferry No.10

 

Built on the river Clyde  in Glasgow in 1934 by Barclay, Curle and Co. ltd. Ferry No. 10 (as she was known then) operated as a passenger ferry 24hrs a day for 43 years. She travelled back and forth from Finnieston over to Plantation dock ( where the squinty bridge is now) until she was decommissioned in 1977.

After being decommissioned, she was purchased by Caledonian Estates and re-named the MV Caledonian and transformed into a restaurant boat at Roseneath. In 1982 when she was completed, she was taken on a low loading lorry and launched at The Stables, Kirkintilloch on the Forth and Clyde Canal.

She was operated by First Leisure and sailed up and down a 3 mile stretch of the canal entertaining up to 55 diners every evening.

She operated as a restaurant boat for nearly 20years under different owners and at some point her named changed to ‘The Barge’ restaurant boat.

In 2001 (the year the canal was re-opened from coast to coast) she was sold to the Wand family and was given a new lease of life as a floating art & craft studio. She was transformed into a Glasgow based branch of their wonderful art and craft studio in Ayr called Craft Daft. So, therefore they named her Craft Daft ( on a raft ).

As she is now!

As she is now!

 

We ( the McKays ) purchased the boat in August 2012 and as we were going to remain an art & craft studio, the wonderful Wand family said we could keep the name.

Minus the brackets she remains Craft Daft on a Raft, but you can call her Ferry No 10, No.10, Finnieston ferry, MV Caledonian, MV Calley, The Barge, the boat , Craft Daft on a Raft, Craft Daft……….anything you like!