Framed

It’s the morning following the evening of the Super-Moon.
Cloud cover prevented seeing the moon rising.
By 1:00am the clouds had dispersed.
And the moon was clear to see.
It was bright.

It ushered in a beautiful November morning.
Gone was the grey damp mist of the previous day.
Instead there waa fleeting clouds with blue sky and sea.

Morag M
Morag M lying off the Pier in Gott Bay

It is not just CCTV that is being installed at the pier.
There is a whole raft of work being undertaken.
Thus the deployment of the ‘Morag M’
A utility vessel operated by
GSS Marie Services.

With the weather fine a walk to the pier was in order.
Instead of the normal route via Pier Road
I choose to cross the fields
And go along the beach.

The Pier viewed from the shore at low tide
The Pier viewed from the shore at low tide

It was low tide and the the pier structure was clearly visible.
At low tide you wonder how the ship manages to berth.
On one side of the pier are rocks and little depth.
The other side must have more than 3.5 metres.

It's low tide and the rocks are exposed
It’s low tide and the rocks are exposed

Another interesting curiosity is the historical development of the pier.
From below various historical structures can be identified.
The piles and supports have their own attractiveness.

The version of the pier prior to the linkspan -ow condemned
The version of the pier prior to the linkspan -ow condemned

It was while walking along the beach towards the pier
That the MV Clansman appeared framed by the pier:
Waves were breaking on her bow
And washing over her decks —
Even over the bridge.

It is a always a pleasure to watch the Clansman turn in Gott Bay.
This is to enable her to come in with her stern to the linkspan.
How this move is made is determined by the Skipper –
Dependent on the conditions – wind and wave.

MV Clansman preparing to berth
MV Clansman preparing to berth

Below is a video of the Clansman berthing this morning.

Clansman Berthing Video

This is followed by a video of the ferry heading for Coll and Oban.

Clansman heading out to sea

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