Big Boats and Small Boats

There are big boats and small boats and all kinds of craft
And cruise ships and training ships out on the sea
When watching around the Isle of Tiree.

Various craft at the moorings in Gott Bay

It was around breakfast time that we noticed the vessel.
“Look out the window there is a multi-mast sailing ship.”
I was rather dismissive for all I could see was a fishing boat.
However, I was proved wrong there was indeed a sailing ship.

The Belem is a three-masted barque – as seen from our home

The vessel was the Belem is a three-masted barque from France.
She began life as a cargo ship transporting sugar to France
Launched in 1896 she is now is now over 120 years old.
She was heading for Stornaway via Tobermory.

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Even in the distance the Belem is impressive.
She was well out in the Passage of Tiree.
Yet, she was clearly visible.

Saga Sapphire

No sooner had we spotted the Belem than the Saga Sapphire came into view.
She is described as ‘a small ship carrying no more than 720 passengers’.
On board there are more people than live on Tiree.
Tiree has a population of about 650 people.

The Saga Sapphire in the Passage of Tiree

The vessel had left Liverpool a few days earlier.
As we saw her she was sailing towards Staffa.
The cruise was heading for Kirkwall.

The MV Clansman at the pier in Scarinish (Tiree)

Later in the morning we headed down to the pier.
We wanted to say “Happy Holidays” to some friends.
The first leg of their holiday was the trip to the Mainland port of Oban.
Alongside the pier at Scarinish was the CalMac ferry – the MV Clansman.

The old harbour at Scarinish

Having said our goodbyes we walked up to the old harbour at Scarinish.
The harbour has been particularly busy this year.
All kinds of craft are to be found here.

I was walking by the old harbour when the song same into mind.
There are long boats and short boats and all kinds of craft,
And cruisers and keel boats and some with no draught.
So take off your coat and hop in a boat
Go messing about on the river.

Scarinish old harbour and tradition boats in a line.

This, however, is no river – it is the Passage of Tiree.
This is no quiet backwater, these are the Seas of the Inner Hebrides.
Here we see cruise ships, training ships, naval vessel, coastal vessels and ferries.
There are big boats and small boats all kinds of craft
And cruise ships and training ships out on the sea
When watching around the Isle of Tiree.
This year with the new moorings in Gott Bay Tiree has been even more popular!

The second Saturday call of the day of the MV Clansman

Looking across Scarinish harbour towards the MV Clansman.
Here is a reminder of big boats and small boats and all kinds of craft.
It has been a bright sunny day with the sea surrounding Tiree seen at its best.
Then add to the scenery the CalMac colours and the sight of so many different craft.
This is ‘Life on Tiree’!