Life at the end of the road

October 1, 2020

A different side :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:54 pm

Well it’s been a pure peach of a day here off the Scottish Riviera, we departed the Craignure linkspan around 6:00AM, where we’d been berthed opposite MV Coruisk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Coruisk the ‘Lego boat’ since around 22:30.

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Initially heading for Brodick on the Isle of Arran but with the Hallaig belting south at 15.2knots at one point we’ve decided to aim for Largs Vegas on the Clyde Smile

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With the winds light and the seas  calm we sped by the mouth of Loch Buie, early fishermen and a deceptively calm looking Corryvreckan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_of_Corryvreckan

Right enough the tide was with us till we reached the dreaded ‘Mull’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mull_of_Kintyre and at one point were down to 4Knots but still we made good time in the unusually quiet sea.

On we raced, meeting MV Hebridean Isles https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Hebridean_Isles

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heading to Islay and the MV Finlaggan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Finlaggan returning from Islay.

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One of CalMac’s oldest the Heb Isles was launched in 1985 with the Binwagon, one of the newest going into service some 25 years later in 2010.

Once we were more than three nautical miles off shore I set about the annual cleaning of the sewage tank being extremely pleased with how lovely and clean it was inside Smile Well, that’ll be one good thing about COVID hey, it’s normally just about full of brown stuff Smile

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Upon reaching the dreaded ‘Mull’ we passed the unmistakable silhouette of a Royal Navy type 23 frigate that would be part of the biannual ‘Joint Warrior’ exercise https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/operations/united-kingdom/exercise-joint-warrior

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We just plodded along slowly by Sanda Island and lighthouse Smile

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This will be Ailsa Craig and Girvan on the mainland seen from the other side of where I was looking at it last week Smile https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2020/09/24/waking-up-to-a-new-dug/

Eventually it was up the east side of Arran for a change, don’t think I’ve ever passed this way before, normally we take the more sheltered westerly route.

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Pladda Island and light off the south of Arran, Holy Island and its two lights off the east. The Adilia 1 https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:361832/mmsi:255806330/imo:9318761/vessel:ADILIA_I heading for Belfast loaded with containers.

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The sun setting behind Arran as we steam by Brodick for Largs Smile

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Landed at Largs and a roast chicken demolished, time for bed Smile

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