She did it!
The MV Clansman certainly deserves her appellative “The Mighty One”.
With adverse weather forecast she was operating to a revised timetable.
She left the Ferry Terminal at Oban at 5:45 (1 hour and 30 minutes early).
After safely berthing at Coll she set to sea bound for Gott Bay, Tiree.
Driving rain and low visibility
High tide with waves breaking over the pier.
Wind Speed gusting over 46mph from the SSE
Conditions were atrocious!
What a day not to bring the camera!
And to rely on a mobile phone camera.
The MV Clansman appeared out of the murk that was the Passage of Tiree.
In order to berth the vessel has to turn 180 degrees or more.
With thick black smoke appearing from the funnel
it looked as if berthing ws being aborted.
She headed across the head of the pier.
She then hove to before dropping her anchor.
She then proceeded to come in stern first around the head of the pier.
Ropes were cast and the vessel safely held fast.
Quickly and safely were key words for all vehicle movements
The Skipper (Clark), the crew and the pier staff did a magnificent job.
“The Mighty Clansman”
More than a name!
A Badge of Honour.