That Sinking Feeling!

Do you know the feeling?
You turn the key in the ignition.
Perhaps there might be a slight cough.
But your car steadfastly refuses to start.
After a pause you make a further attempt.
Nothing happens!

The officer attempts to raise the Clansman's ramp.
The officer attempts to raise the Clansman’s ramp.

When you try the ignition and nothing happens it is concerning.
It produces a sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach.
It was like that on the MV Clansman.
The engines were running sweet.
It was the stern ramp!

A last the ramp begins to rise
A last the ramp begins to rise

Try! Try! And try again!
No matter what Mr White tried the ramp would not raise.
An on board engineer arrived and at last the stern ramp was secured.

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With the engineer present the stern ramp is raised and secured

The engineer continues to investigate the panel.
Thankfully the vessel is able to progress to sea.
The sinking feeling passes over.

Thankfully the vessel is able  to head out to sea.
Thankfully the vessel is able to head out to sea.

Never a dull moment down by the pier.
This is ‘Life on Tiree’.

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