Not the best weather in the country by a long way but it certainly had one or two attempts at being July today, in-between the odd fog bank in the Minch. It was certainly a nice day and a busy day, both on the traffic front and the maintenance and drill department and we’re now in Tarbert for the night with me just out of my bed!!! Once more I fell asleep in my cosy bunk after just going for a ‘wee lie down’ to rest my aching feet. One thing for sure it was far too hot for ‘riggers boots’ today and I was wishing that I’d packed my safety sandals.
The started off quite in Lochmaddy, with the ‘Harvest Caroline II’ departing around 7:00 and us loading a mere 28 cars, though there were plenty of articulated lorries on deck.
The trawler Margareta M BRD 7 was heading into Uig just as we were, but she can’t have been in port long as she was back out trawling less than an hour later. We passed her a couple of miles out of Uig as the starboard FRC (fast rescue craft) was being launched and given ‘a run around the block’ so to speak.
The FRC being skilfully recovered just prior to us entering a fog bank,
and believe me it’s far louder than being 10’ from a festival stage when the Prodigy are playing.
As I said yesterday ‘fog does not photograph very well’
but it didn’t last long and we were also blessed with quite a few dolphins or porpoises. Sadly they were too far away to be worth a picture so you’ll have to make do with that one of Rubh Hunish on Skye.
One of the days tasks being to paint this davit for the starboard gangway, that being Weaver point on North Uist in the background, with Harris just visible far right.
That lump I think will be Ben Mhor, which with a name like ‘big hill’ is probably North Uists highest point. Apparently not http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Uist says it’s Eaval at 347m, almost twice the height of Ben Mhor’s 180m.
The last trip into Uig had us sharing the pier with Margret Sinclair from the Isle of Mull, yet another fine fish farm workboat built by
Nobles of Girvan.
After that I retired to deck 6 with a short length of ‘multiplat’ rope to practice my splicing in the evening sun.
Hmmmmmmmmmm, not my finest effort, but then I did do it without a fid