Life at the end of the road

October 2, 2020

In and oot the dock :-)

Almost 21:00 now and I’m not in my bed at the Holiday Inn yet but perhaps that’s not a bad thing Smile Nope, I’ve just finished a real home cooked ‘lockdown’ special like I’ve not eaten since a barrel of oil cost less than a bulk pack of toilet rolls and pasta was distant memory on supermarket shelves.


Nope, tonight I’m dining alone aboard Hallaig cos no one else but me would eat anything like this Smile Still, it was all I had left in the fridge and I’m not one to throw food away. Consequently I turned a courgette, aubergine, some cherry tomatoes and five Arnish eggs into something loosely based on a frittata liberally doused in salt and chilli flakes. Wasn’t bad really and I’m sure it’ll have been better that the generic hotel fare served up by the Holiday Inn that will be sustaining me for the next 10 days or so. And why are we still aboard the good ship Hallaig and not in a comfy hotel room?

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Well, we are sat in the James Watt Dock just opposite the 150t Titan crane cos there was a ‘wee hiccup’ this morning. In fact there were quite a few, once Loch Shira had safely disembarked her cargo from Cumbrae and loaded up with more we slipped in her place to discharge ours.

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After that it was a slow foggy trip up the Clyde to Dales dry dock for our rendezvous at the dock gates.

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Well, that took a little longer than expected and we crawled by the Canadian Navy ‘oiler’ Asterix that was lying at ‘Ocean Terminal’ Greenock. However, the fog eventually lifted

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to reveal a perfect sunny day. The calm that had slowed the fog’s departure proving a welcome companion once the sun had baked off what the wind refused to move. A ‘textbook’ docking followed after which it all went ‘pear shaped’ and the massive 100 year old gates refused to close fully Sad smile

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Unable to ‘shut the door’ we had to go back out again and lie alongside at the James Watt Dock until the engineers got it sorted. Dunno who the other ‘oiler’ belongs to but obviously something to do with ‘Joint Warrior 2020’

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Still, there be plenty for us to do and we are in good company with the Hebridean Princess just ahead of us. So, we’re still floating and aboard Hallaig and I’m off to bed Winking smile


  1. Great read. Subscribed.

    Station 107, River Ckyde

    Comment by Douglas Clark — October 2, 2020 @ 9:23 pm

    • Cheers, Douglas 😉

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 4, 2020 @ 8:01 pm

  2. FYI Paul, your second last pic shows hull of MV The Second Snark (foreground) and I believe the remains of the hull of the Argo K. The Snark was sold in sailing condition in 2018 to a billionaire who had her stripped down in Plymouth for rebuilding as a tender but then appears to have given up. She was bought by a preservation group last year and returned to Dales in bits and will be rebuilt as and when funds permit. The Irish trawler Argo K caught fire and sank in May last year off Wicklow, fortunately with no loss of life. She is being broken up.

    Comment by Roy Tait — October 3, 2020 @ 11:21 am

    • Cheers Roy,
      that Second Snark is an interesting craft hey, got lost for a while reading about her. Hope money is found to restore her.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 4, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

  3. Hey, I wonder if you have any other pics of the Series 1 Land Rover you showed on Scalpay a little while back? (Co-ords??)
    I always remember there being Series 3s out there but i didn’t see the Series 1.
    Also you seem like a Unimog kinda guy. Any idea what happened to these 406s down in Eyre?


    Comment by Morton — October 6, 2020 @ 7:29 am

    • Hi Morton,

      Series 1, 86″ I think was pretty feckered when I lived there in 1989, it had been just above the high water mark for years then. When I last saw it three years ago it was even more feckered. It lies on the beach north of the most easterly cottage. As for the Moggies they went away on a low loader years ago. I know one of them came from Rona, the NLB used to use it.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 6, 2020 @ 5:28 pm

  4. Titan Crane! Brings back memories of abseiling down her for Church Funds. Terrified but would do it again.

    Comment by eileen1929 — October 6, 2020 @ 9:34 pm

  5. Titan Crane!! Brings back memories of abseiling down her for Church Funds.

    Comment by eileen1929 — October 6, 2020 @ 9:37 pm

    • Nice one Eileen 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 7, 2020 @ 5:21 am

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