Watching the MV Clansman berth at the pier in Gott Bay, Isle of Tiree, I could not help thinking of a play words. As she turned in the bay in order to berth with her stern to the linkspan thee was a fair degree of CANT. The Southerly wind was gusting up to 41mph and there was a warning issued the previous day that the Oban, Coll, Tiree service was liable to disurption or cancellation at short notice.
Would she manage ro berth or not? “She can’t!” or Oh! Yes she CAN!” This was the Mighty One after all. In fact although those standing on the roundhead faced challenging conditions the lines were thrown, caught and the ropes hauled and secured. With her bow across the roundhead and the ropes in place she employed her powerful thrusters to bring her stern in towards the pier. With the bow ropes secured the ramp was lowered.
With the conditions as they were there was no hanging around. As soon as the traffic movements were carried out and the few foot passengers safely on board the ramp was raised and the vessel prepared to head back out to sea.
WAITING FOR INSTRUCTIONS
A WATCHFUL PRESENCE ON THE BRIDGE
Preparing to head out to sea
POWER TO THE PROPELLORS
THRUSTING OFF FROM THE PIER
Bow Plunging into the Waves
Was there any doubt the ‘Mighty One’ would successfully berth? “Can’t – Oh! Yes she CAN!” What a picture as she headed out of the bay. There was to be no second stop at Coll. It was straight back to Oban today.
This is ‘Life on Tiree’ at the pier.