Life at the end of the road

October 21, 2016

A fair passage :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , , , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:46 pm

Many is the day I wake up in a morning and pinch myself, just to check I’m not dreaming. Today was such a day as I lifted my pillow off the ‘zed bed’ in the toilet Smile

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The good ship Hallaig may be the height of comfort during the ‘working day’ but she’s sadly lacking in hammock space so to speak. Or at least quiet and dark ones, the disabled toilet being the only part of the ship excluding the bridge that you can actually turn off the lights! As there’s no ‘shore power’ available at the ports we’re using a couple of us are staying aboard to keep the ship ‘live’ so to speak. Fortunately my ‘shipmate’ has his campervan aboard so he is in relative comfort.

To be perfectly honest I don’t mind at all, the rest of the crew were in the Lochalsh Hotel and never slept a wink!!! The worst night ever in any hotel he’d stayed in said my skipper. It was the last day of ‘Unmanned Warrior’ and the hotel was full of ‘drunken sailors’ from the contractors involved!!! Noisy, rowdy, broom hopping and setting off the fire alarm in the middle of the night Sad smile


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SD Northern River with the Unmanned Surface Vessels aboard,


that passed yesterday at 40 knots.

Kyle to Oban

We departed Kyle of Lochalsh around 8:00 on a lovely calm, if not a little grey day and headed for the Kyle Rhea narrows.

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The tide was still flooding so we were down to 5 knots for a spell but once it turned we’d a nice steady and relaxed passage southwards through the Sound of Sleat.

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Sabhal Mor Ostaig Eigg and the entrance to Loch Hourn.


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Loch Nevis just north of Mallaig and the Clan Donald Centre.


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The sun on Rhum and the MV Loch Nevis  heading back from the ‘Small isles’.

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Skye astern and Ardnamurchan lighthouse, the most westerly point on the British mainland

The onboard barber

It wasn’t exactly fresh but once we’d cleared ‘Archie’ we queued up for a haircut Smile

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Much better Smile


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The MV Isle of Lewis and the Dutch general cargo ship Marfaam


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The MV Isle of Mull and the MV Yeoman Bank a bulk carrier specially made for the quarry at Glensanda

By 16:30 we were approaching Oban and awaiting our old ship MV Loch Striven to depart her berth at the North Pier so we could lie alongside the pier. She would be doing the last sailing to Lismore,_Scotland and then lying alongside us later.


We’ll be heading for Campbeltown as soon as she departs again tomorrow morning.

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NLV Pharos at the ‘Lighthouse Pier’  and MV Coruisk just departing for Craignure on Mull.

And that’s it really, just polished off ‘mince and tatties’ and gonna ‘call it a day’.

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  1. What a great way of life you have Paul : ) I am rather envious!!!

    Comment by Robin Galloway — October 21, 2016 @ 5:51 pm

  2. Paul,

    Good to see your posts up and in full swing again, great to see the new hooose completed.
    Now you are on your wee cruise down the west coast, great to see that the weather is being kind.

    I have found ‘Clydebuilt’ The ships that made the Commonwealth, on BBC iPlayer, very interesting and informative series presented by David Hayman a Glaswegian chappie. There was a program too on a Puffer and her restoration called Auld Reekie in case you have spare time on your hands of an evening, moored up just down the river from where so many magnificent ships were built.

    Great to hear that you’re taking it a little easier too.



    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — October 22, 2016 @ 6:44 am

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