A Glassy Sea

The Passage of Tiree was like glass today.
No wonder at 10:00am the wind speed was 1 mph.
When the MV Clansman berthed at Tiree’s pier (11:05) the wind was 5 mph.

The MV Clansman and the marshalling lanes at the Ferry terminal

Since coming to Tiree four years ago we have felt drawn to the pier.
Most days we walk at least once or twice the length of the pier.
The best time is the daily arrival of the ferry.

The MV Clansman approaches the pier stern first

Some days the wind sock is a reminder of the wind speed.
Imagine standing on the roundhead with the wind gusting to 40 mph.
What a contrast today with the sun shining and the waters of the bay like glass.

Notice the anchor chain reaching down into the waters of the bay

We don’t need an excuse to watch the ferry berth or head out to sea.
For a brief time in the day it is a great meeting place.
The pier or the ferry terminal is the place to be.
It is where the action is.

Isle-of-Tiree
he MV Clansman anchored at the pier

We left the pier early in order to photograph the ferry from the beach.
As we looked across to the ferry we saw that its anchor chain was down.
In stormy conditions the skipper sometimes employs the anchor.
It helps to stabilise the vessel in swell conditions.
But why today of all days?

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The ropes were thrown and caught.
Then there was a loud cranking sound.
The ferry very, very slowly moved forward.
The bow thrusters were called for.
The anchor broke water.

The anchor fully raised

With the anchor fully raised the vessel headed out to Sea.
What was it all about? What did the skipper know?
Is he anticipating stormy days ahead of us?

Today Gott Bay and the Passage of Tiree are like glass.
Into this blue world the CalMac ferry brings contrasting colour.
And for a backdrop there is the Dutchman’s Cap and Ben More on Mull.

The Dutchman’s Cap and Ben More on the Isle of Mull.

This is ‘Life on Tiree’.

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