Life at the end of the road

December 8, 2008

The mysterious missing funnel

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:02 pm

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to be following this then you’ll know I’m ‘doon the water’ on the isle of Bute with the Raasay ferry ‘MV Loch Striven’ which is at Ardmaleish boat yard for her annual re fit. Anyway after a somewhat leisurely day yesterday it was back in the thick of things today and whilst my ‘man flu’ has almost gone I still don’t have my full sense of smell or taste back. With my new found enthusiasm and my dulled senses it seemed like as good a time as any to change the air diffusers in the sewage tank. This is not actually as bad as it sounds because it’s already been emptied and cleaned out by the man who specializes in this kind of thing, however it aint no bed of roses in there and I was glad to get it finished. Regular readers will know that I devote quite allot of time to the intricacies of the Loch Striven sewage system and have learnt many valuable lessons along the way. The first and most important lesson that I’m sure plumbers have drilled into them at an early age but I found out the hard way is, always keep your mouth closed when working around sewage systems. Another important lesson being, never carry a valve full of cr4p above your head when lifting it out of a space, always pull it up with a rope! So with my wealth of experience I managed to fit the diffusers and clear out unspeakable things from the discharge valves without any unpleasant incidents. With that done it was back to the multitude of bilge pumping and fire valves in the engine room.

Fwd bilge chest

Fwd bilge chest

After doing these and 5 more I made a brief excursion out of the engine room in search of a 9/16ths BSF brass nut, which whilst not meaning much to the vast majority of readers, those in the know will be aware that these are as rare as rocking horse pooh. To be honest I knew I wasn’t going to find one but fancied a wee wander and much to my delight I came across the missing funnel!

Scott II funnel

Scott II funnel

If you check out Zak’s excellent picture

http://www.pbase.com/zak355/image/90743449

You can see it on the Scott II and if you read yesterdays post you’ll know that I thought it had vanished, but no there it was all along ( so much for my powers of observation! ). I know it might just look like a rusty bit of metal but this false funnel cum paint store realy is a work of art. The riveted construction, the lovely hinges, the curved door and brass lock all hark back to a time when more than 50% of the worlds ships were built in Scotland ( and I’ve probably got that figure wrong but not by much )

Kelvin 8 cylinder diesel engine

Kelvin 8 cylinder diesel engine

And this ‘lump’ could well be Scott’s engine though I’m only guessing.

Loch Alainn 08/12/08

Loch Alainn 08/12/08

The Loch Alainn’s paint job was coming on splendidly as was the Loch Striven’s but I’ve given up on posting anything tonight because this internet connection is pathetic and it’s taken me 3 hours to do this! Well apart from a brief stop for parsnip soup and roasted peppers stuffed with wild mushrooms. Aperently today is the busiest day of the year for shopping on the internet and I can’t seem to get anything done for all the traffic jamming up cyberspace or whatever it’s called, so I’m off to my bed.

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