Built for their own fleet by J & J Hay, Cretan saw
wartime service with the Admiralty in the Cromarty
Firth. She sank in 1939 in Loch Na Keal off Mull, as
reported by the "Oban Times" of the 14th January that
"The steam lighter CRETAN was driven ashore at the
rocky headland Rudh na Dobhrain in Loch na Keal to the west of
Mull in the early hours of last Saturday morning. The boat was
on her way to Inchkenneth, having been specially chartered to
proceed from Glasgow to remove the furniture and effects of
the late Lady Boulton. Lady Boulton died in Oban in October
last, and was the widow of Sir Harold Boulton, the composer of
the Skye Boat Song. When the CRETAN had reached Loch na Keal a
blizzard was blowing, and as a precaution, the boat was
anchored. The weather got worse, however, and she dragged her
anchor and was driven on the rocks. Captain Macilwaine and the
crew, with difficulty got ashore in their boat and obtained
shelter at a farmhouse. The CRETAN is still on the rocks and
so badly damaged that it is feared she will become a total
wreck. The crew of four arrived at Oban on Tuesday by the
Lochinvar on their way back to Glasgow.
The CRETAN is 39
tons register, and the owners are Messrs. Hay & Sons,
That was not to be the end of her though and she was later
sold "as is" to Elizabeth Hardie &
Daniel McNeil of Greenock who salvaged her and returned
her to service re-named "Na Kiel".
She was scrapped in 1951.
The photograph below left shows her in
Loch A Choire at Kingairloch. Although undated, the appearance of the party on the slipway suggests the
1920s or 30s.
The photograph below right is of her in 1950. Note the open
helmsman's position. Still no shelter for him even as late as