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Publication Date
07 August 2014
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Birlinn Limited
8pp b/w plates

Pentland Hero

by Roy Pedersen - Find out more about the author

Just before Christmas 2008, a brand new futuristic super efficient catamaran ferry arrived in Orkney. Her like had never been seen before in Scotland. She was Pentalina, flagship of Pentland Ferries, a private company owned by a quietly spoken Orkney farmer’s son, Andrew Banks. The new ship is remarkable enough, but the story of how Andrew Banks was able to establish the long sought short sea crossing between Orkney and the Scottish mainland in the face of a concerted and sustained campaign to undermine his enterprise, by well funded public bodies, is on the one hand a miracle and on the other an outrage. With a tiny team of trusted colleagues and without a penny of public funds, Andrew Banks built terminals and started operating a new frequent, cheap, short route between Orkney and the Scottish mainland. This is the story of an idea and of the man who battled against the odds to make that idea a reality.

Roy Pedersen’s interest in ferries and the development of the Highlands and Islands are of long standing. As far back as 1974, he was the architect of the concept of Road Equivalent Tariff (RET). He is founder and owner an innovative and successful transport consultancy and a Highland councillor.

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