Today, from our living room and kitchen windows, we can see the waves breaking on the nearby rocks. The storm is not yet spent. The big question is, ‘Will the ferry be able to come in today?’ The Calmac website has it on amber alert, meaning possible delay or cancellation due to adverse weather conditions.
Neither of us have lost our fascination with watching the ferry arrive and depart. I go down to the pier armed with camera. How many photographs can you take of the same boats? Still it is stormy, it could make for some interesting photographs. I take shelter from the wind and the squally showers until I see the ferry enter Gott Bay. I go down onto the pier where I greet friends from church waiting to board as foot passengers.
Expertly and with great care the ‘Lord of the Isles’ draws alongside the pier. Ropes are secured, the back ramp is lowered onto the link span, and the gangway is raised for the foot passengers. The passengers descending the gangway don’t look too storm tossed and there I recognize another another familiar face from the church family. Oh! It is good to see him back on the island.
The ‘Clansman’ is the regular vessel on the Oban, Coll, Tiree sailing. However, on a Sunday and Monday the MV ‘Lord of the Isles’ takes over. Affectionately known as ‘LOTI’, the Lord of the Isles was introduced to the CalMac fleet in 1989. Capable of speeds of up to 16 knots she was, at the time, the fastest ship within the fleet. Based at Oban, alongside Isle of Mull and Clansman, LOTI provides additional sailings to a wide range of routes. With seven islands appearing regularly in her routine, she is easily the most-travelled vessel in today’s fleet.
As I make my way back up to the house, I hear a small plane overhead. It looks like there will be a mail delivery as well. And we were not disappointed.