Life at the end of the road

October 4, 2020

Before I go :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:57 pm

Well, I thought it was a smooth and relaxing trip so far but I guess the trip south to the dry dock must have taken it’s toll. Despite a relatively short and easy day yesterday I was in me bed at the Holiday Inn Express at 20:00!!! right enough I spent a riveting hour welded to a good book but I slept like a log in the comfortable bed, at least until midnight when the fire alarm went off  Sad smile Of course being a seasoned safety conscious mariner I did exactly what it said on the back of my hotel room door and went outside to assemble on the forecourt leaving all my worldly possessions behind.


At least that’s what I started doing until after less than a minute it stopped screaming at me. I then peered out my ground floor window at the forecourt, saw no one, heard nothing, removed my shoes and went back to bed having ‘risk assessed’ the situation and formulated a plan. If it were a real fire it would have continued it’s ear shattering call, I would have heard other guests and staff and somebody would be shortly banging at my door. Worst case scenario, I smash the double glazing with my Dell Rugged laptop, throw my quilt over the jagged glass and step out onto the forecourt in my PJ’s and slippers clutching said laptop. The Dell Rugged is after all certified to be able to be dropped 2m onto concrete Smile Best outcome being that I’d continue with my delicious sleep Smile which is exactly what happened once I’d spent 20 minutes listening for the sirens Smile Well Greenock Fire Station is only a couple of hundred yards away and whilst I had been hearing sirens all evening I didn’t hear any now, consequently I slept like a log until 7:00am. I did mean to tell you all this ‘Before I go’ but settled on going to work early instead, tis 19:00 now and still RL Engineering are working away on the Hallaig.


It’s been a boodly long day.


Not actually being in the dry dock due to it having its gates repaired we started what work we could whilst alongside the James Watt Dock, getting on with some paintwork and prep work as far as it was possible.

P1180357 P1180360  wet dock

The afternoon’s pishing rain calling a halt to outdoor work for most of us. The ‘dry docking’ having turned into an extremely ‘wet docking’ for the rest of Saturday Smile

Sunday again Smile

So now, being back at the Holiday Inn after a most enjoyable Thai green curry and sticky toffee pudding I’ll try and pick up where I left off. Sure the curry was probably microwaved and came from Poland but I was really hungry and it went well with the Austrian sparkling water! As if there’s no water in Scotland Smile


Still, it was a vast improvement on the breakfast (which came in a bag) Smile And really, I’m not complaining, the staff here are great, I feel safe and the bed is really comfy. Sure I’d rather be eating the Bambi I shot last week in my own wee house but for convenience it ticks enough boxes for me.

P1180363  The Second Snark serves on the ferry service from Gourock pierhead. 

Anyways the dock gates got fixed and we moved out on the morning tide past the ‘Second Snark’ A Denny built tug launched in 1938, which after a very long career has ended up back on the Clyde for restoration  last image from the link.

Unlike the vessel next to her, or what’s left of her

P1180365 P1180366 Trawler Argo K Dales Marine, Greenock.

The Irish trawler Argo K was pretty muck intact up to the gunnel when we arrived on Friday morning, not much left by the time methinks Smile

P1180367 P1180368 

With so much to do, I kinda lost track of the time but I guess we were ‘on the blocks’ by 14:30ish and the dock pumped dry by 16:00 maybe.


The bow ramp having it’s trestles positioned, all that water is what was lying on the deck after the rain.


Forward Voith propulsion unit looking good.


And that’s it ‘I’m off’ to bed for a chapter or two of ‘The Emperor’s sword’ my riveting tome on the Battle of Tsushima , probably the most significant naval engagement during ‘the age of steam’ and most people have never heard of it. Am I sad or what Smile

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