A CalMac spokesman said: "The MV Hebridean Isles
was hit by a sudden heavy squall while berthing after returning from the overnight freight run.
Oban is a gateway to many Inner Hebridean Isles
that provide a spectacular backdrop to any sailing adventure.
The women, who do not wish to be identified, are crew on board the Hebridean Isles
Yasmin - who runs The Hebridean Isles
Trading Company, selling wool products, refused to explain her resignation, saying only: "It's personal.
Brothers John, Donald and Murdo Mackenzie first put nine Outer Hebridean isles
up for sale in 1996.
A new MORI poll conducted for BBC Scotland's Gaelic community series, Cunntas, shows that 62 per cent of people on the Hebridean isles
of Lewis and Harris favour the introduction of ferry and air services on the Sabbath.
And now other ferries could be set to follow the MV Hebridean Isles
south of the border.