Life at the end of the road

March 18, 2019

Me, San Pellegrino and the wee dug :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:33 pm

Well that’s me been in LA for thirteen nights and I’d normally be getting all excited tonight cos ‘only one more sleep’ Smile However I’ll be doing a couple of extra days to cover me ‘back to back’s’ lieu days. Not that that is a problem ‘yours truly’ will be well paid and I can think of worse places to be than Bonny LA. Give me Lochaline to Los Angeles any day Smile Seriously Lochaline has everything you need, a great wee shop, a petrol pump, a laundrette, a selection of drinking establishments and a ferry to Mull Smile There is also stupendous diving in the Sound of Mull and great fishing if you are that way inclined. Me, I just enjoy being here with the two dugs, some San Pellegrino and the knowledge that I’ll be well paid for doing something I love.

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I was stunned 12 months ago when I found San Pellegrino blood orange juice at the LA store and was gutted when I arrived here two weeks ago and found none to be had Smile Now, ‘far be it’ for me to assume that they got it in specially for me but when I went to the store the other day, there it was Smile My favourite juice of all time, OK, the company is now owned by some faceless multinational and the drink is full of sugar but I do love it, if only for the memory of times past. It was their spring water I used to be hooked on, apparently Leonardo da Vinci drunk it Smile Whatever, in my book it’s a gazillion times better than the American muck and that stuff ‘made from girders’ Smile

The shipping news

Now that was a good film/book but here are today’s movements.


NLB’s Pharos which looked like she had been servicing the Eilean Glas light in the Sound of Mull.


LOTI going to Lochboisdale on South Uist.

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The old ‘regular’ MV Loch Fyne heading for Mallaig


The venerable MV Isle of Arran and the MV Havgul


And now, @ 20:30 with ‘wee dug’ as me hot water bottle, I’m off to bed and a good book Smile

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


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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 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 


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


Not sure if we are gonna get a storm yet but if we do, he’ll be called Gareth apparently Smile 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’.



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


And that was before we bunkered at 8:30!


Later on a squad from George Leslie 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 well loaded with fish and the tiny coaster MV Havgul

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and Brian Cowan’s picture is much better than mine


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.


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


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

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