Life at the end of the road

August 10, 2013

Just a quickie:-)

Filed under: daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:24 am

Seven in the morning here in Sunny Gourock, OK, perhaps not that sunny but it looks lovely from the window of my mates flat


and I can see the Svitzer Milford off Kilcreggan. She’s just turned around and is sitting there with an air of expectancy as if she’s awaiting work.

It was a lovely day yesterday, though I didn’t see a great deal of it, buried as I was amongst the valves, pipes and schematics of the good ship Hallaig.

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That’ll be part of the ‘Tyco Aqua Mist’ system on the left. It’s kind of like a sprinkler system but using fine droplets under pressure rather than just a spray. This has the great advantage of suppressing the fire quickly, cooling it rapidly and using a lot less water. There’s also a nitrogen charged bank of cylinder that can provide the pressure in case of pump or power failure. on the right are the two fresh water pumps and pressure cylinders for the fresh water system, behind them on the bulkhead a charcoal and UV filter, who knows, perhaps the Hallaig may now see the return of the much missed and very profitable drinks vending machine ??? The loss of the Striven’s, which was a result of lunatic EU regulations was a sad blow to customers and crew alike.


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Lovely pillar drill, proper vice, grinder and decent work bench Smile


Sewage treatment plant.


Watertight door between the two engine rooms and on the right one of the six? Novec cylinders a far more environmentally safe and efficient medium for fire fire suppression  medium than CO2 or Halon.

Anyway, that’s it, I’m off to Ferguson’s Smile



  1. Are you getting carpet/carpet tiles in the engine room ?!! A hot drinks machine aboard would be a delight to all and as the drinking water in the good ship Loch Striven is unsafe or deemed undrinkable (what do the crew drink ?) : maybe a small desalination plant would be a safe option for all humans on board, and also animals in passage….maybe iodine drops ?..

    Comment by SOTW — August 10, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    • Should have asked,if the “shelves” on the engine room door are strenghteners, or do they have another purpose? and does that room also have a means of escape ?

      Comment by SOTW — August 10, 2013 @ 7:54 am

      • Novec 1230 is cheaper but risky..

        Marioff is leader in sprinklers HI-FOG

        Regards Jaska

        Comment by Jaska. Finland — August 10, 2013 @ 9:41 am

      • Very interesting link Jaska. However after reading all the way through it, it would seem to be a ‘slanging match’ between 3M and Du Pont so hardly unbiased. We have FM200 (HFC227ea) on the Striven and as far as I’m aware NOVEC is actually more expensive and less harmful to the environment. Both mediums are designed to be released once the space HAS BEEN VACATED so their slight (or not so slight) toxicity shouldn’t really be an issue.

        Marioff is without a doubt the best and it’s fitted on the Finlaggan, however it’s a little OTT for a 40m vessel on a twenty minute crosing.

        Cheers, Paul

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 10, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

      • Hi She, all the spaces have an escape route, and yes we do drink the water 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 10, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

  2. It was easy to get a brew and food delights on the Striven if you knew the right person!
    For once I’m not jealous of your views, I’m off to Iceland again in the morning :))

    Comment by Simon — August 10, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    • Enjoy Iceland Simon, me, I just couldn’t be bothered with all that traveling, it’s killing me ‘having’ to do it 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 10, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

  3. Superb pics of the Hallaig’s interesting stuff. Keep them coming, very much appreciated along with the comprehensive and succinct commentary!

    Comment by Billy — August 10, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    • Hi Billy and welcome aboard, glad you’re enjoying it.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 10, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

  4. I used to love the soup from the vending machine. Will there be any provision on the Halaig? How about a bar? 🙂

    Comment by Derek — August 10, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    • Aye Derek, we all loved the soup and chocolate out of the vending machine but the EU, or at least our rigorous desire to comply literally with every stupid directive from Brussels made the company remove it. You can bet your life that any French, Italian, Spanish or Greek ferry would have kept the vending machine and shoved two fingers up the EU 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 10, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

      • It’s always the same Paul. We British obey the ‘rules’ to the letter and the rest of Europe please themselves! Now you’ve got me on a rant! 🙂

        Comment by Derek — August 10, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

  5. Is that Gavin thats fainted in the engine room???

    Comment by Angus — August 10, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    • Aye Angus, those are indeed Gavin’s feet, he’d dropped a penny down in the bilge 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 10, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

  6. looks like a proper wee ship down below

    Comment by thinfourth — August 10, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

    • Morning Thinfourth, all it needs is some purifiers 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 11, 2013 @ 7:33 am

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