Life at the end of the road

July 9, 2013

Not my finest effort

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:13 pm

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,




Fog Horn

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 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.

 019 020 


Hmmmmmmmmmm, not my finest effort, but then I did do it without a fid Smile



  1. Nice work on the splicing Paul. That looks like it would be well up to strength. Never seen it done on 8-ply rope before.

    Comment by bob — July 10, 2013 @ 4:58 am

  2. Paul,

    Looks like the weather has been kind, good to see. Have visited the coastguard lookout station a number of times at Rubh Hunish, you probably know there are two bunks in there, have often fancied staying the night, just not Mrs ABH idea of fun….one day.

    I try and google the ships you mention & today was no exception, the ‘Margaret Sinclair’, named possibly after a Scottish nun

    Nice splicing, were you sitting up on deck with a brew & a piece of that coffee cake?


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — July 10, 2013 @ 5:25 am

  3. Hi Paul
    Take a couple of minutes to view what our Paul is up to.
    He still talks about his days with you in Mull at Easter many years ago

    Best wishes

    Comment by chrisb — July 10, 2013 @ 10:10 am

  4. thats a brilliant video, Chris …. thanks !

    Comment by cazinatutu — July 10, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

  5. Love the video !!
    Antlers make great marlin spikes. (Root ginger added,or cloves in muslin make nice variations in rhubarb jam making,) Equal rhubarb to sugar weight is the traditional Arnish way. Glad you are keeping up the tradition. What about the Rowan berry sauce for venison ? Cardamon also adds a ‘je ne sait quois’ to Turkish coffee, that is if you can be faffed with the rest of the palaver! x

    Comment by SOTW — July 10, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    • Well I never She, Antlers make great marlin spikes.

      I’ll have to bring some to work. That’s another thing I need to add to the blog as well as Arnish place names, Arnish recipes 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 11, 2013 @ 5:13 am

  6. Where’s your photo of a runaway marlin with antlers?

    Comment by drgeo — July 11, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    • Ooooooh!!!!!!!

      Comment by SOTW — July 12, 2013 @ 12:33 am

  7. […] with a proud history, including yacht building, have been busy fulfilling a rising demand for inshore workboats: presently for the fish farming industry; perhaps soon for offshore windfarm […]

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