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 9, 2019

The weekend has landed :-)

Well, I did intend scribbling a few notes on here last night, not that there was ‘much to write home about’ right enough but I was full of good intentions. Trouble being that once I got showered and settled in me cosy caravan with ‘wee dug’ I just started ‘nodding off’ and that was well before 21:00, in fact, truth be known, I think it was before 20:00. I never even heard a cheep from the Lochaline Social Club which is just at my ‘back door’ so to speak. Not that it’s usually noisy but I do generally hear the odd car pulling up or conversation from the outdoor smokers. I keep expecting to hear the big black dug in the car barking her head off, she usually does at home Sad smile but Leah has been ‘as good as gold’ in that department.


Apparently all second hand Subaru Foresters have a tow bar fitted and smell of wet dogs. Well the ‘Egg chariot’ had neither when I bought it four years ago and now, at last, it ‘ticks both boxes’ Smile


Despite it only being a few hours ago I can’t remember much about it,

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but it was busy with two articulated lorries on the first sailing and one car left behind at LA and Fishnish. Having said that, the Fishnish one arrived late and would probably got on had he been on time.

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Took the dugs out for a walk at lunchtime down by the sand loading pier where the Swedica Hav was still being loaded with the fine Lochaline sand.


Then, as it was still pishing down I gave the deck drencher and fire pumps a good testing Smile


As ships go by

I guess not much else happened really, a few boats ‘crossed our path’ as we plied the Sound of Mull but the greyness of the day made for dull pictures.

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Briggs Marine’s MV Kingdom of Fife  passing by. Quite often on charter to the MoD she’s a regular visitor around Raasay and the North West. One of her Masters even skippered our very own MV Hallaig for a while and a pleasure it was to work under him.

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The MV Isle of Arran heading to Oban from Lochboisdale on South Uist and the MV Isle of Lewis on her way back from Castlebay on Barra.


Swedica Hav, now full of LQS fine sand heading out of Loch Alainn as we finished for the day.


Allegedly there’s a real bout of carp weather on the way, snow this afternoon followed by gales early next week, dunno if it has a ‘name’ yet but if the charts are to be believed it deserves one.

Sunday 12th

Not that there was any sign of it this morning at the Lochaline boat graveyard Smile

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The Gaelic Rose headed out this morning with a load of divers destined for the SS Rondo off Eilean Glas in the Sound of Mull.


Rondo was sheltering from a blizzard in January 1935 when her anchor parted or dragged and she drifted onto Dearg Sgeir, the ‘Red Rock’ north of the ‘Green Island’. She now lies virtually vertical down the north side of the reef with the stern in 9m and bow in 50 plus! Not much left of her right enough as she was well salvaged before she slipped off the reef. However she’s quite a spectacular sight.

The ‘Screen Machine’ arrived at the West Pier for tonight’s showing of Mary Poppins and the Favourite .

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A regular visitor to Raasay the ‘Screen Machine’ is a proper, warm seated venue that folds out from the trailer to produce a proper cinema. Were I not so tired I’d wander along myself to see The Favourite but it doesn’t start until 20:30 and I’ll be in my bed before then I’m sure.

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A nice house in Lochaline with a name from Raasay, Kyle Rona it’s called, I wonder if there is any connection? Nice view from up there Smile


The tide ebbing at a good 3knots on the Loch Alainn ‘port hand’ marker buoy.

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LOTI and Isle of Arran heading south.

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Finlay and Jim doing the weekly soundings of the void spaces, peaks and dry tanks. Serious bits of the ship that should not have any water in them Smile As usual, they were dry Smile

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