Life at the end of the road

April 12, 2009

Surveying the damage part 1

Filed under: boats, daily doings, harbour — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:08 pm

So where was I ? well I left you this morning at 6:30 as I had to go and catch two wee spotty pigs before I went to work, considering I was on my own it went surprisingly well and I had two fine boars crated up ready for delivery to Skye in no time.

Spotties for Skye

Spotties for Skye

Pigs aren’t great travellers but being gentle and speaking to them helps settle them down, these two chaps were quite happy once they’d got used to their new surroundings so I set off for work early so as not to bounce them around too much in the back of the Land Rover. It would also give me chance to go and look at the new harbour developement which had taken a hammering on Thursday.

Friday

Anyway I’m getting a little ahead of meself here so I’ll wind the clock back to Friday (wedding day + 1) which was certainly a far better day than Thursday, though it was still quite fresh. The wedding guests started to return from Skye on the first ferry but the majority arrived along with the bride and groom on the 10:30 from Sconser.

The morning after!

The morning after!

Both of who looked surprisingly fresh considering 🙂 The rest of the day was quite busy with Easter traffic and quite a few boats travelling through the Raasay narrows both commercial and pleasure craft.

catermaran workboat

catermaran workboat

This regular visitor headed south but I’ve yet to catch it’s name.

Pole Star and Ben Tianavaig

Pole Star and Ben Tianavaig

Next came the Northern lighthouse board’s Pole Star which was giving the Jackal rock starboard hand buoy it’s yearly service.

NLV Pole Star

NLV Pole Star

Gross Tonnage: 1174 Tonnes

NET (Registered): Tonnage 352 Tonnes Displacement: 1,174 tonnes Length: o/a: 51.52 m; B.P: 44.00 m Beam: 12 m Height: Air Draught 25 m Draught: 3.2 m Depth: to Upper Deck: 5.00 m Propulsion: Cummins Wartsila CW8L170 – 3 x 920 kW AC Diesel-electric dynamic positioning system, 2 x azimuth thrusters, 2 x tunnel bow thrusters Speed: 12 knots Boats and landing
craft carried: Workboat: Sea Rover 5.5 m Capacity:

15 x Single Berth Cabins,

2 x Twin Berth Cabins Complement: 6 x Officers, 9 x Ratings
A regular visitor to these parts she was built at Fergusons on the Clyde and launched in 2000, a good bit smaller than the NLV Pharos her shallow draught makes her more suited to operations in shallower water.

Silvermine BRD 671

Silvermine BRD 671

Next came the Broadford catamaran ‘Silvermine’ which was heading north towards Portree and the aftternoon brought a few yachts cruising gently northwards pushed by the now gentle southerly breeze. It was hard to imagine what the previous day had been like, fortunately our skipper’s wife had taken some photo’s to remind us!

Atlas Marine's barge takes a big one

Atlas Marine's barge takes a big one

Whilst we were dodging around off the Raasay iron ore pier for almost two and a half hours this was what was going on at the new harbour site.

I still think it's not high enough :-)

I still think it's not high enough 🙂

Bearing in mind that this was not an exceptional tide or wind

A Lull at last!

A Lull at last!

Safely tied to Scotland!

Safely tied to Scotland!

And that was about it for Friday, Staurday was, I think a nice enough day but I’ll tell you about that some other time it’s 22:00 now and time for a break 🙂

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