Join me as we all take off in a modern helicopter (best with headphones on).
One of our smaller visitors…
Compared to most, this trawler is one of the smallest I have seen on the slipway at Macduff Harbour.
You can’t beat having your bottom scraped…
The Voe Jarl is back in the harbour at Macduff
The Voe Jarl Returns – Richard Broom Photography
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A cross between a barge, a tug and a dive-support vessel. The C-Fenna is currently helping to connect offshore wind turbine cables to a shore station close to Banff, Scotland. The wind turbine are way out there in the Moray Firth.
You just can’t beat having a new coat of paint on your bottom…
The action end of a modern trawler…
We thought the Voe Jarl had left for foreign shores but, here she is, back in MacDuff again
All quiet and peaceful at MacDuff…
I have no idea what it is but it has seen better days (a bit like me really!)
In case you are wondering, these ‘wheels’ stop a fishing boat’s trawl net getting caught on rocks on the sea bed.
Cranes, these days, controlled from a radio-control box. Clever stuff!
Don’t forget to lubricate your parts…
After this posting, there was some debate about where the front wheels for this crane truck were. This image solves the mystery. The front wheels are set back and, in front of the front wheel assembly, there are the extendable jacks which keep the truck from tipping over when the crane part of the truck is lifting heavy weights.
I’m sure they’re used for something…
We all need something to stop us drifting away…
A wheel that carries a considerable amount of weight.
Please see last post
Where I have spent most of my life!!!
Not something you see every day…
The Monkey Island is the bit that is normally on top of a ship’s bridge where all the aerials, radar scanners and ships horn (very loud) will be found.
You can see the Voe Jarl coming into MacDuff Harbour here.
I’ve taken photographs of the Seaker before but this one from the top of the harbour wall (a sheer drop down into the sea – EEK!)
Every home should have one!
I have a soft spot for the Voe Jarl – something of a cross between a tug and a workboat. The Voe Jarl arrived in MacDuff Harbour tonight. MacDuff Harbour and the town of MacDuff are extraordinarily quiet at the moment with all pubs and restaurants closed because of the virus. Let’s hope we get back to normal soon.
In today’s plastic and electronic world, we often seem to lose sight of how important engineering skills are to us. And, we especially lose sight of how important solid engineering training is. We certainly don’t always seem to make things like we used to. Perhaps it is because our politicians mostly read PPE at Oxford or are former lawyers. They wouldn’t know a spanner if it hit them on the head! That leads me to ask the question…what exactly are our politicians good for? Answer (as in the song): ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
The radiator grille must have been inspired by honeycomb made by bees?
British fishing vessels have a name and a registration number. BF = Banff, Scotland and the registration number 9.
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These great big lumps of metal are towed behind trawlers. Their aquadynamic shape help to keep the ‘mouth’ of the trawl net open (a bit like wings flying through the water) and the hapless fish are caught in the net, never to escape.
The Bulbous Forefoot or, Bulbous Bow, greatly increases fuel efficiency and the fins help with stability. More about this technology (an American invention) here. The ‘snoot’ shown below belongs to a trawler but most ships are built with bulbous bows these days.
Another boat on the slip at MacDuff Harbour.
The fishing vessel Lilly Oak sits on her cradle on the slip at MacDuff Harbour, Scotland. The slip is a long sloping concrete ramp (image coming soon) used to haul boats out of the water for repair and repainting. The cradle that supports the ships runs on railway lines on the slip.
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The Scarborough trawler Courage early this morning, fishing nets ready….
….not sure how you pronounce that one!
Not just any printing press. This press was used by the Dutch Resistance during World War 2 to print leaflets. More than 20,000 Dutch people were arrested because of their work with the Dutch Resistance. 2,000 Resistance workers were executed. Many Resistance workers were sent to concentration camps. So many brave people.
You wouldn’t want to get your tender regions caught in this mechanism!
Induction, compression, ignition and exhaust (for those who might be wondering if I have gone mad).
Sparks flying. Video 1 minute 34 secs.