ONE of CalMac’s most prolific passengers is retiring after sailing the equivalent of more than 10 times around the world with the company.

John ‘Hammy’ Hamilton, who lives in Shiskine, is estimated to have completed at least 8,500 return journeys on the ferry from Brodick to Ardrossan and back during his 27 years as a truck driver with Arran Haulage.

That equates to a total of around 250,000 miles of crossings, almost exactly 10times the circumference of the earth around the equator.

Hammy is a well known character with CalMac crew and port staff who sent him off on his final crossing with a travel voucher for £150 in recognition of his custom over the years.

“The sheer number of journeys Hammy has made shows just how much of a reliance our island communities have on the ferry getting goods to and from their destination”, said CalMac’s port manager in Brodick, Colin McCort.

“He has been a daily fixture around the port for pretty much three decades and he has to be the company’s most well travelled passenger, he’ll be missed.

“I and everyone else who has dealt with him during this time wish him a long and happy retirement.”

CalMac is the UK’s largest ferry company and last year transported more than 5.3 million passengers and 1.4 million vehicles across 27 island and remote mainland locations.