Comment posted Yeoman Bontrup: Dawn date with the Lazarus ship by Murdoch MacKenzie.
Great news reporting on a happy outcome from what must have been a traumatic time for the ship and crew. Fire is an ever present danger in our lives and in the right conditions can be set off with the most minor “spark”.
The pictures of the slip at Oban bring back memories of the wonderful times when we would berth at Kerrera and shuttle back and forth on the marina ferry.
You should upload one of your pictures, ideally including some local scenery, to the Marine Traffic site to, hopefully, displace the sad picture that they tag to the ship at present.
Recent comments by Murdoch MacKenzie
- SNP MP backs call for CalMac to put MV Coruisk back on Mallaig-Armadale service – and is to go direct to the Transport Minister
You may have your finger on the pulse there Scott.
The people of Sleat and their MP were up in arms again this week with the arrival there of the Loch Fyne from Lochaline-Fishnish. She has been there in the past doing relief work and since she went up there this week she has been alongside both link-spans one time only at each.
She still hasn’t been for her annual refit so I’m wondering if they are planning changes to her ramps that might work better at the lower tides that were causing the problems this summer.
Another interesting thing happened this afternoon. The Isle of Lewis was storm bound in Oban so she went and spent half an hour at Craignure. At the time there was 2 Mtrs of a falling tide above chart datum, I’m not sure what the minimum depth is there or if it could be dredged deeper if required.
There seem to be a lot of balls in the air, as they say, and it may be that Coruisk might return home next summer.
- New Transport Minister humiliates CalMac MD
I see the Heb Isles has returned to Cammel Lairds. She left there on the morning tide with destination Oban but she’s spent all day dodging off the coast and has gone back in on the tide and is now going back into the outer basin. She’s supposed to be taking over a route tomorrow, I wonder if it’s Craignure? The LOTI was meant to come back to South Uist/Mallaig at the weekend and Isle of Arran would have moved to Oban with the Heb Isles doubling up on Islay. I hope the Isle of Mull is not booked in at another dock or there could be contract problems if she can’t be released.
- ForArgyll on Pause
It sounds crazy to a dependent. To the rest the world is their oyster. The Scottish Government’s support for the third runway at Heathrow makes me wonder if they are not dependent as well.
- ForArgyll on Pause
The No Generation got a rude awakening when the new, real world dawned on September 19th 2014. Many of them have now developed into the Yes Generation. Time is a very elastic element.
- With Heb Isles in for repairs, CalMac charters replacement vessel to reduce underprovision for Islay
From reading the winter timetables it would appear that the LOTI is going to be away from 9th Nov. During the 3 weeks from that date the relief ferry will go to Oban instead of Mallaig.
In the initial notice about changes to the Lewis Freight they give times for Sunday night. They now give notice that it will not run tomorrow for operational reasons, which probably means the delays being experienced in repairing the Isle of Arran.
They know that they can cover Barra with extending the Mallaig service to Barra and doing night runs from Oban with Clansman if push comes to shove.
Someone will need to write a book about the Isle of Arran’s troubles.
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