Life at the end of the road

September 10, 2010

Otto’s still here :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:38 pm

Well the weather broke today 😦 with a downpour through the night that awoke me followed by just ordinary rain during the morning that gave the garden a much needed drink. As well as making the grass grow it started putting some respectable amps into my battery bank via the hydro turbine, the first decent amount in fact since I got it going last Wednesday. If nothing else the hydro turbine will enable me to draw some pleasure from the endless wet winter days that will soon be the norm in this part of the world 🙂 It’s funny how renewable energy can change your perspective on the weather, I spent 15 or so years being unable to sleep on stormy nights for fear of my boat sinking if it was on a mooring. Since I sold my fishing boat and bought a wind turbine I now relish those windy evenings, I can’t see me ever having the same affection for pishing rain but at least it will enable me to look on the bright side 🙂

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The force 6 and 7 of south wind between 10 and mid day was barely noticeable in our new sheltered berth but would have been pretty uncomfortable at the old one.

Anyway before I tell you all about today I’ll just rewind to a much nicer day, Thursday that saw a good deal of sunshine and yours truly doing lots of painting on deck.

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It also saw the tower crane going up at Raasay house ,

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and JST’s floating pier go off to Glenelg.

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The only trouble is that when I went to take a picture it had gone, these boys do not hang about. I seem to recall they arrived less than six weeks ago and in that time they’ve cut and moved 14 000 tons of best quality timber. They’re doing a few days harvesting at Glenelg before shipping their floating pier to Corran to provide a temporary linkspan their whilst the Corran ferry slip is repaired.

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Once the working day was finished I headed home and saw that the Norwegian Frigate Otto Sverdrup was still on the range only this time she was in close proximity to a small diesel electric submarine. It looks too small for one of their own excellent Ulla class boats and as neither the UK or US have any diesel electric boats I’m assuming it’s from another NATO country. Named after a little known (outside Norway) Arctic explorer she is one of a class of five frigates who’s main role is anti submarine warfare but they have an impressive array of armament and are well capable of other roles. 


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As I said today started off wet and miserable, it also began with the fishery cruiser Minna sailing southwards through the Raasay Narrows as we made our way to Sconser.

“Minna Type

The Minna type are inshore/offshore patrol vessels with a displacement of 781 tonnes and a maximum speed of 14 knots. Vessels of this type can also spend up to 21 days on patrol. Currently there is only one vessel of this type, FPV Minna[8] which was launched in 2003. In May 2006, the vessel replacement programme was delayed, when the SFPA was forced to suspend the tender process for a second Minna type vessel after it was found that the process was in breach of EU procurement rules.[9]

The current Minna is the third FPV to bear the name (named after a character in Sir Walter Scott‘s novel The Pirate). Previous vessels of this name served between 1901–1939 and 1939-1974.[8]

Thanks to for that info on Minna

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Though the sun came out just long enough to treat us to a rainbow before disappearing for good 😦

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These two massive Case tractors seemed to spend all day on the ferry dragging plant and trailers from Raasay to Sconser for .

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And once more I missed my mate giving me the traditional one fingered salute as I made him reverse on the ferry because his cab was too high to fit under the closed ramp 🙂

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That was it really, the day perked up and I went home to a spectacular sunset seen from Oscaig


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