Well this has certainly been an interesting trip My introduction to the third boat in the CalMac fleet to bare the name Hebrides has been anything but dull. Straight into an overnight shift on Monday to guard the ramp and now a proper six hour shift to clear traffic stranded by our sister the MV Isle of Lewis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Isle_of_Lewis that suffered a breakdown today. Consequently I was once more sent to my bed in the late afternoon for a kip, something I really enjoyed after the roast beef dinner, once again nodding off with absolutely no problem due to the Minch’s roll and the engines purr.
Raised at 23:45 to get ready for the arrival at Tarbert with its mooring operations and then a spell on watch in the bridge as we plied south westwards toward our berth in Lochmaddy on North Uist.
Now I’m just about to go to bed after spending the last coupe of hours in the cafeteria keeping an eye on the forward mooring ropes, releasing the brake every hour or so as the tide rises and watching the sky brighten in the east.
Yesterday was a pure peach of a day and Thursday looks like more of the same, though I’ve no idea when I’m likely to get back online, my berth is calling and I’m really looking forward to it
This will be entering Tarbert with the island of Scalpay in the distance,
same place but a different angle, this time looking towards Harris.
This is us just arriving at Tarbert in Hebrides III
And this will be Hebrides II some time before 1985, just look how much the monkey puzzle has grown
One of the tasks for today was to check the twenty ELSA EEBA’s ‘emergency escape breathing apparatus’ and refill one.
Well if there’s one thing that I can do it’s fill BA cylinders, having spent some thirty or so years diving and most of them for a living