Life at the end of the road

October 30, 2014

A late one

Filed under: daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:05 am

Well, that’ll be us in the hotel a little earlier tonight and a table booked for 19:10, a far more civilized booking than the previous two evenings. Eight ten, which in reality is well after nine PM is far too late to be munching cod or pheasant, however on Monday and Tuesday we couldn’t really have eaten any earlier due to late finishes at the dock.

I had fully intended scribing a few lines last night but it was after nine when I’d finished the baked cod, chick peas, chorizo and salad!! yes really. I gotta admit to being a bit dubious about ordering it but Victoria, who must be six feet tall assured me it was delicious. Not wishing to argue I took her advice and had it for dinner, my compatriot and captain choosing the sea bass. Now I have to admit at being a little dischuffed with the breakfast here at and my captain also was less than impressed. He and the rest of the ‘Raasay crew’ having been spoilt in the ‘Isle of Mull’ at Craignure and the ‘Royal’ in Cambeltown.

The Marine is just fine by my standards but I was severely pi55ed off at the £4.25 surcharge for two measly kippers at breakfast. Being sick of eggs and dead pig for a while, I thought I’d pick a healthier option yesterday, only to be handed two small and very salty herring on a plate. Nay egg, nay parsley, not a sign of a decent bit of bread and hardly any of the buttery sauce promised Sad smile

It’s 20:24 now and the Marine has just redeemed itself.

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A spectacular smoked mackerel starter followed by pumpkin tortellini for myself and scullen skink plus a beef slice for the skipper has just forgiven the Marine’s shortcomings in the breakfast department.


Oh dear, that didn’t go to well, I fell asleep and didn’t surface until 6:30!! So just before I do my ablutions I’ll stick some carpy phone pictures of progress so far.


Dock dry just prior to our inspection,



opening up the double bottom prior to inspection,



Voith blade inspection,


box coolers for engine 1 and 2 plus forward drive.


The dock gates holding back the sea


and the pumps that keep it empty.




Modifications to the sewage plant piping,


work starting on the aft ramp


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RL Engineering removing the clevis pins,





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  1. Paul your back in business, like your update. Pitty you didn’t bring the Hallaig To Camel Lairds Birkenhead, (Little Liverpool). Could have given you the grand tour of the Mersey area. Maybe you’ll take the offer up one day. As I say enjoy your blogs, Keep them coming.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — October 30, 2014 @ 7:58 am

    • For a while Walter it looked like we may even have been going to Camell Laird’s. No disrespect as the yard has a great reputation, but I’m so glad we stayed nearer home.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 30, 2014 @ 6:16 pm

      • Offer still stands, we have two great teams Everton FC & Everton Under 21s, they don’t call them reserves any more.

        Comment by Polite Scouser — October 30, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

  2. When last in Campbeltown Paul I visited an Indian restaurant that saw fit to display its hygiene certificate in the front window. However on closer inspection it proved to be 2 years out of date. A much maligned town though, (he said maligning it) with some superb late 18th century architecture.

    Comment by Highlights From The Twilight — October 30, 2014 @ 9:36 am

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