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CalMac granted a 100th birthday wish for a Skye-based retired seaman to be 'captain for the day' on a ferry from the island.

Rubhach Donald MacAskill, known as Dolan, was welcomed on board MV Lochnevis by Ship's Master Iain Mackenzie, also from Point, and the crew to celebrate his milestone birthday this week.

The CalMac vessel was berthed in Armadale on Skye in between runs to Mallaig on the mainland when Dolan was made guest of honour.

He was presented with a captain’s cap and a gift bag of CalMac goodies.

Born on February 6 1922 at Flesherin, Point, Dolan worked with his father in the Harris Tweed industry before joining the Merchant Navy.

He now stays at the An Acarsaid Care Home in Broadford, Skye.

Dolan said: “I returned to the Isle of Lewis for a time after the war and spent many happy years living with my sister Mary Ann down in Back.

"I loved going down to the pier and watching the ferries come and go when we went to town, many a journey I enjoyed with CalMac – I have a small picture of the 'Suilven' in my room – the sea and boats have always given me so much joy.”

Iain added: “It was a pleasure to help Dolan mark his special birthday, we were delighted to welcome him on board. He is a really interesting character who has travelled the world, and me and the crew were privileged to talk to him and listen to his wonderful stories.

"I am from Aird, a nearby village in Point, and it was my pleasure to present the hat and goodies to a fellow Rubhach!"

MV Suilven coming in to berth at Stornoway pier, August 1988 - Photo: Rod Wallis