Life at the end of the road

September 6, 2013

A sign of the times :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:06 pm

Just after 20:00 now and it’s almost dark, though less than ten minutes ago there was a pretty spectacular sunset, or at least the remains of one.


Hmmmmm, almost 22:00 now, I got distracted for a couple of hours there trying to find some old photographs of that interesting building that dominates my view. I’m sure my mate said it had been a bank at one time, but then perhaps he said Co Op, who knows my memory and hearing are both rubbish Smile

Anyway, as I’ve been doing a rather unexciting job for most of the day, that’ll be boring to you, me I found it quite enlightening as I ‘assisted’ John from Ferguson’s in doing the ‘signage’.



This will be the million and one signs that we’re required to put up these days that no one takes a blind bit of notice of because they’ve gone ‘sign blind’ Smile



It was ‘great craic’ for John has been in the shipbuilding industry since leaving school and he’s only 18 months off retirement so I had the complete history of Lower Clyde shipbuilding as we went about our work.


Whilst we were busy telling then general public not to throw rubbish over the side, stop smoking, keep clear of propellers, keep out and not light fires the ‘insulators’ from Ticon were lining our engine room with perforated sheet metal.

The river itself had a few interesting ships on today


a 1985 super yacht called ‘Lady Sandals’ glided past our berth as did a heavy lift cargo ship called


something unpronounceable. Whatever her name she went up the river a couple of days ago full and was now heading down empty.

Interesting pictures and videos

Having little else to show for the day, and having been sent some great pictures and videos i thought I’d share them with you.


A cracking video of us out on the Clyde yesterday by Alec Beaton


and one that takes me back to that special day in December when she was launched, again by Alec.


Some great stills by Alan Macdonald as we headed home yesterday



and another video of us passing Macinroy’s  further down the Clyde.




  1. Great videos – thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Nigel Macleod — September 7, 2013 @ 9:48 am

  2. Amazing videos. she is a BIG boat for the Raasay and Sconser berths especially at spring tides !

    Comment by SOTW — September 7, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

  3. Just a thought, where do the 33 cars queue for the ferry…..and if they are parked , how do the other 33 cars disembarking get past them. Sadly 33 cars will not at present be anticipated, or are they ?

    Comment by SOTW — September 7, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    • Hi She, it’s 23 and not 33, but yes you are right the car park is too small, the marshaling area in the wrong place, the waiting room hopeless for the bus, but they could have done with the bigger ferry last Sunday 🙂 Not sure what difference the spring tide is going to make, both slips are at ‘chart datum’ or below with more than enough water below the keel.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 7, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

  4. Paul,

    Thank you for the continued in depth updates to the Hallaigs progress, in words pictures & videos. Quite a spritely looking vessel.


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — September 7, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

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