Tension Mounts Fast

– TMF –
– Tiree Music Festival –
or
Tension Mounts Fast –

The Lights are on in anticipation of the arrival of the much delayed MV Clansman

This weekend witnesses the 10th Tiree Music Festival.
The Big Top has arrived and is being erected.
The weather forecast is looking promising.
But today there have been no flights.
The issue has been low cloud.

The TMF BIG TOP arrives on the island on Friday the 5th of July.

In the afternoon the tension mounted.
The MV Clansman had technical problems.
She was late in arriving in Oban from Colonsay.

Through the murk the MV Clansman arrives in Gott Bay and prepares to berth

Could the technical issue be resolved?
The alert warned of delay and possible cancellation.
After a successful sea trial the ferry departed Oban at 18:10.
Her original timetabled departure time from Oban had been 15:00.

The MV Clansman alongside the pier with the ropes secured

The consequence of her late departure was an amended timetable.
She was expected to arrive Coll at 20:50
Then to depart Coll at 21:00 (21:10)
Then to arrive at Tiree at 21:50
And depart Tiree at 22:30
Arrival in Oban is on Wednesday at 05:15

Power for the People!

Passengers from Coll and Tiree have been warned
that they will have an overnight stay aboard the Clansman.
However they were also advised
that if they wished to change to Wednesday’s sailings
there is space available on both sailings out of Coll and Tiree.

The gangway secured before the foot passenger descend – it was a very busy sailing.

The 05:15 arrival is no doubt due to the need for crew down time.
Also no staff are on duty at Oban before that time.
The ‘Clansman’ is due to depart again at 06:15.
This is to enable two sailings to Tiree.

The MV Clansman heads out to sea – Oban bound

The pressure to have a Tuesday sailing must have been immense.
The crew must have been working under considerable pressure.
Thanks are due to them and to the pier staff for their efforts.

With the rain pouring down the MV Clansman departs Gott Bay

This is Life on Tiree reporting.

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