At the start of the 21st Century Highland Regional Council procured a new ferry for their service across the Corran Narrows between Lochaber and Ardgour. Appropriately, the new vessel was named Corran. She was built on the Humber by the Great Yarmouth-based firm, George Prior Engineering Ltd which had also undertaken the conversion of the Glasgow-registered mini cruise ships Hebridean Princess and Hebridean Spirit and the heritage rebuild of the paddle steamer Waverley as well as a significant rebuild of the former Humber paddle steamer Tattershall Castle. The firm had built up a reputation for high quality marine conversions and restoration work. Unfortunately due to a number of diverse circumstances George Prior Engineering ceased trading in 2004.