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
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 http://www.lochalshhotel.com/ 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
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.
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.
Sabhal Mor Ostaig http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/en/ Eigg and the entrance to Loch Hourn.
Loch Nevis just north of Mallaig and the Clan Donald Centre.
The sun on Rhum and the MV Loch Nevis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Lochnevis heading back from the ‘Small isles’.
Skye astern and Ardnamurchan lighthouse, the most westerly point on the British mainland https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardnamurchan_Lighthouse
The onboard barber
It wasn’t exactly fresh but once we’d cleared ‘Archie’ we queued up for a haircut
The MV Isle of Lewis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Isle_of_Lewis and the Dutch general cargo ship Marfaam http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:272529/mmsi:246843000/imo:9526100/vessel:MARFAAM
The MV Isle of Mull https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Isle_of_Mull and the MV Yeoman Bank http://www.marinetraffic.com/it/ais/details/ships/636009548 a bulk carrier specially made for the quarry at Glensanda http://www.aggregate.com/our-businesses/overseas/our-capability/glensanda-quarry/
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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lismore,_Scotland and then lying alongside us later.
We’ll be heading for Campbeltown as soon as she departs again tomorrow morning.
And that’s it really, just polished off ‘mince and tatties’ and gonna ‘call it a day’.