Late Arrival

Late Arrival.
To be more accurate, ‘Late Arrivals’.
One event went on to another and another.
First the announcement that the sailing to Tiree had been suspended.
The MV Clansman berthed in Oban was for the time being going no where.

The MV Clansman in Oban Bay
The MV Clansman in Oban Bay

The statement referred to ‘technical reasons’.
Apparently it was the failure of the onboard FRB (Fast Rescue Boat).
The orange coloured fast rescue boat is vital in case of a Person Overboard Incident.
Eventually the ferry departed Oban at 17:42 and arrived in Tiree at 21:18.

Inbound to Tiree the ferry was very busy with both vehicles and foot passengers.
Although delayed by almost three hours at least they had arrived.
Outward to Oban the ferry was less busy.
But more was to come!

With the sun setting over Gott Bay the ferry headed out to sea bound for Oban.
Those on board would not arrive until at least 1:00am.
What was not anticipated was the fog in Oban.
The ferry was unable to berth.


The Clansman eventually berthed at 3:51am
An extremely long day for both passengers and crew.
This in turn has had a knock on effect on Wednesday’s sailing.

Wednesday 8th June
Due to the extremely late arrival of the Clansman into Oban last night
the 07:15 will sail to Coll and Tiree only and will operate as follows:-
Depart Oban 13:15, Arrive Coll 15:55, Depart Coll 16:10
Arrive Tiree 17:05, Depart Tiree 17:30
As a consequence thee is no sailing to Barra from Tiree.

The setting sunnier Gott Bay from the Old Pier Scarinish
The setting sun over Gott Bay from the Old Pier Scarinish

The early morning sea fog is slowly lifting.
Because of low visibility the morning plane has been cancelled.
The Clansman will soon be on its way and this evening’s plane is scheduled.

This is the challenge of ‘Life on Tiree’.