Life at the end of the road

June 25, 2013

On the telly :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:33 pm

Not a very nice day today, which was a little contrary to the forecast and a shame really because it got off to a promising start when I awoke at 5:00am.


The golden glow from the east reminding me that it’s about time I went outside and cleaned my window Smile


It’s hard not to be enthusiastic when day starts like this, and today was no exception, a few hours later I joined a good portion of the ‘deckies’ in rolling some white gloss above the fo’c’sle.


Whilst we were being watched by the customers,


our captain was being interviewed by Christopher Blanchet of the BBC. It was  for the Scottish weather forecast at 18:50 tonight, which went out from Luskentyre beach on Harris.

Rain stopped play shortly afterwards so I spent the rest of the day with the emergency generator getting high on paint fumes Smile Well, it was hard not too, even with the doors and vents open it was quite wiffy Smile



Boats for the day included Louisa SY 30 rigged for creel fishing prawns by the look of it,



and the trawler Asteria BRD 250, my old boat was BRD 257.



Dunno what this one was heading south past Waternish point, but she was obviously empty.

That was about it really,


apart from these two pictures sent to me by my compatriot Kenny McArthur who just happened to be down the Clyde around the 15th of June.


The two new hybrid ships being built for CMAL moored at Ferguson’s ‘fitting out berth’. The one on the right our very own MV Hallaig and the one on the left the MV Lochinvar destined for the Clyde.



  1. Great piece on the telly.

    Comment by Nigel Macleod — June 25, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

  2. The ship with orange superstructure and red hull is one of the Yeoman self discharging bulk carriers possibly heading for Glensanda super quarry. Enjoyed ‘the old man’s’ interview on the beeb

    Comment by Ronnie — June 25, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    • Thanks once more Ronnie for the ship info.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 26, 2013 @ 5:07 am

      • It is the “Yeoman Bridge” bound for Glensanda in ballast from Hamburg, on her regular run. The biggest “coaster” in the UK!!

        Comment by Doug Miller — June 26, 2013 @ 7:08 am

  3. Louisa SY30 seems to have a very high centre of gravity. Missed the tv due to visitors. 😦

    Comment by Lloyd — June 25, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    • Morning Lloyd,

      yes these under nine meter ‘rule beaters’ all look like they’ll tip over but the whaleback is probably aluminium so quite light.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 26, 2013 @ 5:06 am

  4. I saw the bit on TV, I wondered if we’d see you in the background 🙂

    Comment by gareth — June 26, 2013 @ 8:20 am

  5. I think it was the Yeoman Bridge Paul. She went south in the Minch yesterday.

    Comment by John MacDonald — June 26, 2013 @ 8:53 am

  6. Hello Paul , The big orange boat , known to us as Orangie has been going up and down the Minch since I moved to Milovaig in 2005 . A local ( Archie ) told me that they loaded 50,000 tons from a quarry in Campletown , bound to Russia ?? . I can confirm that another larger vessel also uses the same route , slightly different bow,.Nice to see the picture , brings back lots of memories , I am now a butcher in New York , still raising pigs , You take care , all the best to your Family .
    Jonny Quirk

    Comment by Jonny Quirk — June 27, 2013 @ 1:08 am

  7. What a meeting of the minds with some good info. Just ‘Googled’ Yeoman Bridge & the Glensanda Quarry. Very interesting & the full MIAB report of the Yeoman Bontrup from July 2010. What a tool the internet is.

    Paul, I trust your window is now clean :-).


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — June 27, 2013 @ 11:12 am

  8. I hear on the news that you’ve been besieged by bird watchers … that must have been fun for you all

    Comment by cazinatutu — June 27, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

  9. to add to the comments about the orange red bulker. it was run by Foster yeoman now part of aggregate industries i believe. One of three, the otheres being yeoman Bank and Bontrup, the near destroyed bulker, recently recommisioned after a vast refurb in Holland. There is startling footage on Youtube of the fire which occured at glensanda in 2010 i think it was.
    Paul those Bugattis are stunning!, doubt youll ever see as many in one place again!, strange how some vehicles age and still look great while others just become dated!?

    Comment by Gordon Smith — June 28, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

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