In sharp contrast with the day before, the weather report stated that Tiree was enveloped in dense fog. Although it was not a pea-souper, visibility was greatly reduced. As a consequence of the poor visibility the daily flight from and to Glasgow was cancelled.
On the way down to the pier I could hear what sounded like a ship’s horn. A fishing boat was dipping in and out of the fog and this was probably one reason for the sounding of the ship’s horn.
Yesterday morning the MV Hebrides took over the sailings on the Uig Triangle to Tarbert (Harris) and Lochmaddy (North Uist). After an early morning crossing from Tarbert to Uig the MV Clansman proceeded to Castlebay on Barra. From there she sailed to Oban. She was in place to be deployed on the 7.15am Thursday sailing to Coll and Tiree.
From Tiree’s pier the Passage of Tiree was shrouded in fog and it was out of the murk that the MV Clansman made her welcome return. She was well into Gott Bay before the outline of the ferry could be discerned. It was even further into the bay before she could clearly be seen.
With almost no wind and no swell the MV Clansman enjoyed calm conditions for her return to Tiree. In her extended absence the MV Lord of the Isles covered most of the crossings, although on two consecutive crossings the MV Isle of Mull made an appearance. The latter was down to technical difficulties elsewhere on the network. The MV Isle Lewis which normally operates between Castlebay (Barra) and Oban is berthed in Stornoway (Lewis) with what has been reported as thruster problems.
In line with Covid restrictions both traffic to and from the Mainland was reassuringly mainly commercial vehicles. It was good to see, even from a distance, well known faces among the crew.
The equinox in March and the month of April can still bring with them stormy conditions so it is reassuring to have the ‘Mighty One’ back on duty.
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