In the early part of 1982 the little CalMac passenger ferry Keppel was tucked away in her winter slumbers in James Watt Dock. She had come to the Clyde second hand in 1967 after serving for six years with two sister ships on the short service across the Thames between Tilbury and Gravesend. When she arrived on the Clyde her name was Rose but after some time it was changed to Keppel, which was appropriate as she had replaced the 31 year old diesel electric paddle vessel Talisman on the passenger service between Largs and Millport (Old) pier. Initially, she was not favourably received when compared with the vessel that she replaced. However, in time her popularity improved. She served on the route for around 19 years then spent a few more summers on inter-resort sailings, CalMac's replacement for full excursion sailings. In 1993 she was renamed Clyde Rose following sale to a private owner on the Clyde. Two years later she was sold to Maltese owners and left the Clyde after 29 years for a long voyage via the North Sea, Rivers Rhine and Danube, Black Sea and Mediterranean to Malta where she now operates, again with Keppel as her name.