Life at the end of the road

October 6, 2019

All quiet on the Western Front :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:31 am

Unfortunately ‘yours truly’ has forgotten to bring his power supply for the trusty Del Latitude Rugged 5404 that serves as the tablet upon which I chisel out my posts. I say that cos this laptop is something of a brick and weighs as much as several. I got sick of breaking laptops a few years ago so bought this gel filled monster that is not only bombproof but virtually waterproof too. More importantly for me, it also has a serial port so I can use it to interrogate my various inverters and charge controllers. Sadly, being something of a professional standard your average £6.99 Chinese power supply doesn’t fit it. The battery life is pretty good but I have been rationing its use until I can get mine sent or brought down from home.

Much as I like my iPad and Chinese ‘spy in the pocket’ my thumbs are not dextrous enough to be blogging on a touch screen. However, it be 7:00am on Sunday now at the Willowbank Hotel in Largs and I’m at a bit of a loose end so thought I’d ‘have a go’. There are only two sachets of Nescafe left, breakfast aint until 9:00 and I don’t do newspapers or TV Smile Truth is I’ve been missing you all as well as ‘wee dug’ and home Smile


Well, we arrived safely in Largs around 19:30 on Friday evening, put our vehicles off at the slip and tied up alongside the west or is it south side of the pier.


Out of the regular MV Loch Shira’s way with 125A power supply to keep us ‘live’ without the need for running generators. Cold Ironing they call it for some reason,

Cold ironing is a shipping industry term that first came into use when all ships had coal-fired engines. When a ship tied up at port there was no need to continue to feed the fire and the iron engines would literally cool down, eventually going completely cold, hence the term cold ironing.

good old Wikipedia Smile

me I just call it ‘plugging in’ Smile

Yesterday was spent preparing for docking and that’s what’s on the cards for today, just not quite so early Smile


  1. I could have gone with ‘cold plugging’ … but I know that ships tend to stick with odd terms like port and starboard. Yes I grant you that larboard probably went before it’s time but it makes sense. Sure as hell left and right work if we ever take our kids on a boat!

    Comment by Matt — October 6, 2019 @ 11:36 am

  2. Oh yes, definitely old terminology is held onto way beyond it’s applicable use. We recently spent a couple of glorious weeks aboard Queen Victoria and it was quite amusing to hear the Captain tell us in his daily report that we had ‘steamed’ however many miles 🙂

    Comment by 63ian — October 7, 2019 @ 9:12 am

    • Dieseld just doesn’t have the same ‘ring’ to it but I suppose it’s better than ‘oiled’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 13, 2019 @ 7:37 pm

      • You’re right there Paul, dieseled is a definite no isn’t it, but maybe ‘oiled’ could have been used provided he was referring to the passengers being ‘well oiled’ 😉

        Comment by 63ian — October 14, 2019 @ 7:10 am

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