Friday was another pretty fresh and wet day after gale force winds throughout the night and yet more torrents of rain. I’d given up loosing sleep over the 200w Yangzhou Shenzhou wind turbine and resigned myself to the fact that it would, at some point over the next day or two, become scrap. The large bladed, low wind, wind turbine just wasn’t designed to take this abuse, and I knew that before I fitted it.
However, before winding my way slowly down the crumbling Raasay roads I went up to the new house to look at the little dragonfly
Much to my surprise she was still ‘milling away’ and miraculously still producing power, not much right enough after having ‘lost a phase’, and the scaffolding pole appeared bent, but still working!!! I was stunned, for around 3:00am a gust of wind had hit it so hard that I heard it ‘chewing the air’ in my bed some 160m away. We start at 8:30 this morning so perhaps I’ll get a chance to have a look and perhaps tie the blades, for it’s 6:00am now and there’s little sound of wind.
Just for a change, and to have a look at the ‘new road’ I took the ‘high road’ by the youth hostel, a road that few Raasay people have used this last couple of years. After Scottish Water’s multi million pound upgrade of the recent multi million pound upgraded water treatment plant the road was well and truly wrecked. Of course had the road been ‘fit for purpose before Ross shire engineering and RJ Macleod upgraded it there’d have been little wrong with the road. However it had been left so badly damaged by thousands of tons of traffic that SW had been persuaded to fix it, or at least contribute towards its cost.
Well, they certainly made a good job, now all the have to do is resurface the rest of the roads to match
Upon joining the good ship Hallaig at 8:00am on Friday I was informed that the ship had been officially handed over from Ferguson’s http://www.fergusongroup.co.uk/shipbuilding/profile.aspx (the builder) to CMAL http://www.cmassets.co.uk/en/our-work/projects/current-projects/hybrid-ferries-project.html (the owner) and consequently passed on to CalMac (the operator).
So, the Ferguson’s ‘house flag’ came down and the CalMac one went up, accompanied by the ‘red ensign’, the ship was now ours ‘to play with’ at least, it would still be a week or two before we went into service.
After having been told yesterday that the boat still belonged to the yard we’d been ordered to stay alongside and not attend the Sconser ferry terminal official opening but that changed with the news that she was ours so ‘off we went’ in the wind and rain.
Luckily it did clear up for a few minutes as soon as we landed on the slip
and a few representatives of the council, operators, school and public managed to step on the car deck
That would be just before their ‘slap up’ meal at http://www.sconserlodge.co.uk/
I do hope ‘Raasay’s future’ got to go
After that it was a day of some serious manoeuvring and exercises as we tried to break our new ship Better now with extra crew aboard than when she’s in service