Impressive Seamanship

The south easterly wind had steadily risen over night and by the time Tuesday’s ferry was due the wind was gusting up to 41mph. These are challenging conditions for any ferry wanting to berth at Tiree. Real skill is required. High tide had not long past but at least it was a falling tide. The […]

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“Haste Ye Back!”

The powers that be have decreed that the MV Clansman leave the waters of the Inner Hebrides for the Firth of Clyde. To facilitate this transfer she was scheduled to leave Oban an hour earlier than normal – 6:15 instead of 7:15 but due to a technical problem her departure was delayed. This untimely transfer […]

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Wild Water

What a contrast in conditions today compared to yesterday morning. Although stormy yesterday the sunrise was clearly visible. Today the sky and the sea were leaden. Yesterday it felt stormy, today it is wild. Not as wild as it could be, but nevertheless wild. Just before high water the gusts of wind peaked at 60mph. […]

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Snow Drama

It is no exaggeration to say it was dramatic at the pier today. In Scarinish on the Isle of Tiree we woke up to a sprinkling of snow. As the morning wore on there were short, sharp, showers of hail and snow. When the MV Clansman berthed it was something different. The vessel departed the […]

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Wind Chill

The phone rang! The phone was answered. The caller asked, “Did you see the sunrise?” The caller continued, “I wanted to warn you, it’s cold!” The sunrise had some warm colours. But the sky also hinted at the temperature outside. It was cold, just above freezing, but not as cold as the Mainland. At 8:00am […]

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Spindrift Special

There is something special about spindrift. Today we didn’t have to travel far to see it. It was right on our doorstep. We’ll not quite literally! Since the equinox the wind has been a feature of the weather. On several occasion the ferry has been on an alert. On Sunday the crossing had to be […]

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‘Come Fly With Me’

Come fly with me over Tiree. This morning we fly over Baugh Beach. What a transformation from the previous evening. Baugh Beach – yesterday and today. Yesterday evening the sky was inky black and the sea green. This morning the sky was blue and the sea various shades of blue. There is still a strong wind […]

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