The Low Rollers
I’m sure they’re used for something…
I’m sure they’re used for something…
We all need something to stop us drifting away…
Even more balls!
Lean on somebody when the tide is out…
They come in all shapes and sizes y’know…
Can be painful…
Continuing with the ball theme…
A fine pair of balls…
A wheel that carries a considerable amount of weight.
Do you ever take a photograph which is terrible, breaks all the rules, and yet you still like it? Here’s an image, shot into sun, badly composed, loads of lens flare, cluttered, lots of grain and probably not entirely in focus but, who cares. There’s no such thing as a bad image!! Maybe this will be the moneymaker!
The Seacat takes care of crew changes and delivers supplies to the big tankers and other ships that anchor off MacDuff and Banff.
Because the fish markets are closed due to the lock-down, the fishing boats are all stuck in the harbour waiting for this dreadful virus to leave us be. And so, its a beautiful day but all quiet in MacDuff Harbour today.
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Doesn’t everyone want a mobile shed? This shed is high above the slipway (next post) at MacDuff Harbour and it is where the chap who controls the winches stands when the pull a boat up the slipway.
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Where I have spent most of my life!!!
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!)
You’ll have to take my word for it that BF515 (BF for home port Banff, Scotland) is red (and white) but she is, and she’s being fitted out in MacDuff Harbour. In this image, it is low water and Big Red is resting on the harbour bottom.
We all need courage at the moment…..
British fishing vessels have a name and a registration number. BF = Banff, Scotland and the registration number 9.
One of the older style of trawler (not many left now)
MacDuff Harbour during the night
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.
The view from our house…
And in mono…
A visitor to the MacDuff Harbour
One of my favourite boats often found in 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.
See a larger version of this image here.
The Scarborough trawler Courage early this morning, fishing nets ready….
….not sure how you pronounce that one!
Banff harbour, Scotland…
We’ve been living in Banff, Scotland, for just over a week now and the orange ship has been anchored off Banff for all that time. We can’t help wondering why it is there and why it isn’t going anywhere. We watch the ship daily whilst it swings around its anchor as the tide changes. The ship with nowhere to go!
For those of you with expensive tastes…
Many years ago I worked on deep sea salvage tugs and, since then, I’ve always had a soft spot for tugs. The second image shows the tug Statesman, the first tug I went to sea on in 1972 (this makes me feel VERY old!). The radio callsign of the statesman was 6ZQS (Liberian) but was changed to GSAA when the Statesman became registered in Britain (something to do with the Cod War!). The front of the Statesman looked like one of those expensive ocean-going yachts.