The Usual Suspects... Rogues Gallery!

Pictures of Contributors to this website.

Mike Murray

Mike Murray

RYA Yachtmaster and Corryvreckan Whirlpool Guide

Lindsay Johnston

Lindsay Johnston

RYA Yachtmaster and Corryvreckan Whirlpool Guide

Rebecca Barnett

Rebecca Barnett

Artist and Illustrator


Mike moved to Crinan in 1975. He got involved with a man called Donald Ross who first laid moorings in Crinan Harbour in the 1960s.

Donald had a wonderful vessel called 'Cyclops' which he had rescued after the war near Greenock, brought to Crinan, re-engined and used to lay and maintain moorings, and transport sheep and cattle to and from the islands.

Cyclops is a 42' Naval Pinnace, built in Portsmouth in 1916, she was originally powered by 28 sailors with oars and possibly served with the 'Royal Sovereign', which was built in Portsmouth in 1914.

Salvaging Sunbird

A Pinnace was carried aboard a capital ship for victualling and ship to shore services.

Donald taught Mike everything about moorings and also passed on his intimate knowledge of the islands. Eventually, in the early 1980s Mike bought the boat and mooring business from him and continued in like manner.

Pig Bay Trip

For 18 years Mike used the boat to earn half a living and to go scratting about the west side of Jura and other offshore islands.

New regulations, which came into force in the late 1990s, made 'Cyclops' redundant. Mike gave her to the Portsmouth Naval property Trust and she has gone 'home'.

Cyclops in Portsmouth

He sold off the moorings and bought the catamaran 'Gemini' to start running sightseeing and wild life trips out of Crinan, specialising in trips to the Corryvreckan Whirlpool.

I am indebted to Tim Hedley, my neighbour, for taking David and myself out on his Rib to get some photos of the Gray Dog

Mike ran and developed that successfully for 8 years and sold the Gemini Cruises business in 2005.

As an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, Mike is now offering his services on a personal basis to private charters.

David Philip, Filmmaker and Cameraman

Alternatively, Mike Murray is available as a guide / helping hand to anyone who wants to visit the Corryvreckan Whirlpool area for the first time.

Sea Leopard

I am indebted to Tim Hedley, my neighbour [pictured, above right], for taking David [pictured, left] and myself out on his Rib to get some photos of the Gray Dog.

David Philip photographer

Lindsay Johnston

Lindsay, originally from Perthshire, sailed in to Ardfern in his old Folk boat Pinoccio in 1977, fell in love with the place and got the job running Ardfern Yacht Centre until the yard was sold in 1981.

He then built a guest house with a watersports centre, ran boat trips, and offered skippered yacht charter and delivery services. After this business was sold he worked for a while as a Countryside Ranger and Outdoor Leader.

Lindsay then took a year out to sail to the Caribbean and back returning to Ardfern to start Craignish Cruises in 2001 with the much loved Lochin 33 motor vessel Sea Leopard . This vessel was replaced with the current vessel Sea Leopard 11 a new purpose built Blyth 12 meter catamaran in 2011.

The old Sea Leopard is now working out of Dover as a cross channel swimming safety boat.

Rebecca Barnett

Rebecca studied at Duncan of Jordanstone Art School in Dundee and graduated in 2004 with a BA (Hons) in Animation and Electronic Media. Shortly after graduating, her 2-minute animation 'Elemental' was selected and screened at the prestigious Bradford Animation Festival.

Since completing her studies at University, Rebecca worked for 6 months in a Special Effects studio in Glasgow, working with sculptured props, maquettes and various prosthetic appliances for both film and television production. Then returning to Lochgilphead, Rebecca has worked on a variety of freelance works and commissions, as well as being employed as a Graphic Artist for 2 years.

More recently, Rebecca has established her own arts business and is now working full time as a self-employed artist. She has participated in a BBC news article broadcast nationally, which featured work she had undertaken and successfully sold at an RGI show held in the Crinan Hotel. Also, featuring on the BBC Radio 4 Corryvreckan programme, Rebecca was interviewed regarding her commission based illustration work for this website.

Rebecca continues to paint, draw and design as part of her new business 'R-Barnett-Arts' and exhibits regularly around Scotland. Her main influence within her artwork is mythical legends, folklore and superstition surrounding the sea. Living and working in Mid-Argyll, this is an ideal environment to develop the themes surrounding her work.

For more information and to look at more of Rebecca's work please visit her website - - or contact her via e-mail:

Craignish Cruises, Ardfern Yacht Centre, Ardfern, Argyll, Scotland PA31 8QN

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