Life at the end of the road

March 11, 2019

The ‘calm before the storm’ ?

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:48 pm

Methinks last night was a record, even for me, it was 18:47 when I first thought about going to me bed but I refused myself the privilege. I simply could not go to bed before 19:00 could I Smile I mean seriously, it’s not like I have ‘jet lag’ or have been working my backside off, I can’t even blame the ship, whilst just being onboard the MV Loch Striven or MV Loch Bhrusda makes you tired. The MV Hallaig is a pure joy to work on, nope, methinks it’s Lochaline, Lochaline makes me tired Smile by the time I’d walked the dugs along to the West Pier and back I was ready for me bed Smile

Sunday

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Well, twas a grey and overcast day when I set for work leaving ‘wee dug’ in charge of the caravan, ‘big black dug’ still choosing to live in the car, which by now must be smelling pretty ripe Smile

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First sailing isn’t until 8:45 here which is a good bit earlier than on Raasay but then I don’t have a half hour drive.

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We do a couple of sailings to Mull and back so plenty of time for Finlay to get creative with mushrooms fried in butter, herbs and enough garlic to kill a dozen vampires, boodly delicious but it wouldn’t have been so popular back on the home route Smile Smile 

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Then it was an afternoon of maintenance and drills, manual generator synchronization, fire in the aft engine room and some pesky customer falling overboard and having to be rescued Smile

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The tidy little coaster CEG Cosmos https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:205882/mmsi:275487000/imo:8303173/vessel:CEG_COSMOS arrived at the West Pier to load timber and very smart she looked for a 36 year old vessel.

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A fresh day in the Sound of Mull with sunshine, showers and rainbows, the Fishnish fish farm boats for the main staying attached to their moorings.

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Turned into a nice evening right enough so the dugs and I wandered over to the West Pier to see the coaster and then went to bed Smile 

Monday

Dunno how I managed it but I slept like a log, only waking occasionally to listen to the rain or hailstone on the caravan.

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Not sure if we are gonna get a storm yet but if we do, he’ll be called Gareth apparently Smile https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-storm-centre/index At the moment it’s just looking like your average West Coast gale but they were really ‘bigging him up’ last week. With a bit of luck it will not develop into anything too severe and Lochinvar will return on time. Who knows, with a bit of luck I’ll be in me own bed afore this shift is out. Much as I love Lochaline I cannae wait to get back home.

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Despite the forecast it’s been a bonny, bonny day here and quite busy both on the ferry and in the ‘Sound’.

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MV Isle of Lewis, a coaster called Emma and the fishery cruiser Minna to name but a few.

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And that was before we bunkered at 8:30!

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Later on a squad from George Leslie http://www.georgeleslie.co.uk/ turned up to prepare for the new Lochaline slipway they will be building later this year. I think this is just prep to make a space to park equipment and caravans.

Later on during the still bright afternoon we had the ‘well boat’ Ronja Superior https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:312207/mmsi:258571000/imo:9421881/vessel:RONJA_SUPERIOR well loaded with fish and the tiny coaster MV Havgul

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and Brian Cowan’s picture is much better than mine https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:3962349/mmsi:235008127/vessel:HAVGULL

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The Havgull can only be described as a modern day Clyde Puffer Smile If there were still dozens of wee coasters ferrying goods around the islands then this is what they would look like Smile I think she’s lovely!!!!

It’s here!!!!

Well, I dunno if it got a name yet but it arrived, the wind/gale/storm or whatever it is, just about 5 minutes afore we tied up. The dire forecast had already had us doing a revised ‘mooring plan’ with extra lines and springs.

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Luckily we managed to get them all in place before it got really carpy but I’m sat here now in a very shaky caravan

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with a very unimpressed wee dug, hard to believe it was like this

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not that long ago. Sure there was more but the lights have been flickering so I reckon the power will go off shortly so I’m off to bed with a good book Smile

1 Comment »

  1. Hi Paul
    I always miss the vital part but why are you at Lochaline – it’s not the annual Hallaig service and you seem to be plying the Lochaline to Fishnish roite.

    Puzzled, Bacup, yet again.

    Comment by Sue Styles — March 11, 2019 @ 8:12 pm


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