Life at the end of the road

June 28, 2013

All my nipples in a row :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Land Rover, Trucks and plant — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:56 pm

Home at last and all the omens are good, methinks I should have bought a lottery ticket on the way home. It’s been a hectic old week aboard the good ship Hebrides with some interesting cargoes and a few ‘challenges’ to speed the days along. The weather on the other hand has been pretty miserable for June, probably because I fitted solar panels last week.



Lochmaddy on a driech Thursday morning,



and I bet you can’t guess what that white concrete structure is on that tidal islet behind the yacht Goldrush.



Me, well I was wracking my brains for weeks then gave up and asked the harbourmaster, well it was a magazine for storing explosives Smile


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A long way from home, two Volvos from Slovakia made a brief visit to the islands.



Though I’m guessing that they didn’t count on having to reverse off at Uig Sad smile



A serious road roller for the Uists, they obviously repair the roads there.



Some ‘lost sheep’ in Lochmaddy, not a lot of grazing on that rock that’s for sure.

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Uig on a Wednesday evening and the ‘handbrake turn’ as we approach the pier.



Another grim start to the day, this time in Lochmaddy with the MV Kylebahn berthed on the opposite side. Jim Kilcullen and his boat from Connell have to be one of the original west coast charter operations from the early eighties, and he’s still on the go. There can’t be many skippers know the area as well as he does, at least from a divers perspective.



A spot of painting for me in the emergency generator room.


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A Ford 3000, MF 135, John Deere 2130


and David Brown 950 all heading west,


whilst an immaculate MkIII Cortina 1600 heads east. Gosh, I served my apprenticeship working on cars like this, clunky void bushes, worn out camshafts, rattling steering columns and vibrating propshafts. When I was the foreman at a Ford main dealer we had a mechanic who changed a clutch in one of these in 23 minutes!!! and that included running to the stores for it. I say running because the best mechanics wore trainers, as every six minutes they could shave of the ‘standard time’ was money in their pocket. From memory the ‘standard time’ for a 1600 Cortina clutch was 1.4 hours so he would have been paid an extra hours wage, some guys would easily double their wage every week.



That was it really, I managed to get the 15:00 ferry to Raasay today, got home for 16:00 and got stuck straight into servicing the Land Rover. Much to my amazement when I crawled underneath it I found that all eight grease nipples on both propeller shafts were in line and accessible with the grease gun!!!! In twelve years of crawling underneath the ‘Old Girl’ to grease her nipples it’s probably happened twice.

I know it’s rubbish, I missed out the wine, the pigeons I shot, the fish farm at Inver and a whole heap of stuff but I’m tired now and it’s almost 22:00.


  1. Fish farm at Inver? Saw the proposal on the notice board outside the shop – but is this more definite?


    Comment by Sue — June 28, 2013 @ 11:34 pm

  2. Lovely looking tractors I take it they have been refurbished & having a new lease of life on the Outer Hebrides.
    For a moment I thought Sir Bradley Wiggins had a roller in his hands
    Funny how the Slovakian lorries have travelled all that way with their cargo, looks like they are returning empty though.
    When you mentioned explosives & like I enjoyed diving thought this may interest you:
    Looks like you have plenty of dreich weather for the next week am sure the piglets are loving it though.
    Keep up the good work.


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — June 29, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    • Cheers for that link Micheal, I’ve followed the Liberty ship SS Richard Montgomery for many years and it’s always struck as to how easy it would be to set it all off.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 30, 2013 @ 11:46 am

  3. The concrete built Explosives Magazine on the island to the West of Lochmaddy Pier was built by D.A.F.S. around 1949/1950 for the storage of explosives when Lochmaddy Pier was being reconstructed and extended, it was built on the island for safety, being well away from the pier which was still in use during this period of construction. The pier was further extended and updated in 1984/85.

    Comment by Iain — June 29, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    • Thanks once more Iain for a Uist history lesson. Whilst we’re on the subject of unusual constructions in Lochmaddy, what is that dome shaped thing on the shore near the wind turbine????

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 30, 2013 @ 11:43 am

  4. The ‘old girl’ has a propellor …whatever next !

    Comment by SOTW — June 29, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    • She has two ‘propellor shafts’ She, but no propellor, how mad is that 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 30, 2013 @ 11:41 am

  5. Any word from the Dude in China? Knee How Ma?

    Comment by drgeo — June 29, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    • ANY WORD FROM THE DUDE don’t make me laugh DrG 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 30, 2013 @ 11:39 am

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