The Diary apologises profusely to those faithful followers of the 'Ships in the Sound' entries which are intended to be monthly - the last one went out as long ago as the end of January. The intervening weeks have, however, been unusually quiet, despite two developments which should be bringing us more traffic. The first is the opening of the timber loading facility at Fishnish on Mull, which results in our seeing more timber-carrying ships, such as the Fri Langesund, pictured above.
The shape of cargo ships has become increasingly mundane as their role has become more specialised - no-one can call a ship which is nothing more than a long box with a point at one end, and a superstructure and propeller aft, beautiful, or even interesting. The Bahamas-registered Kine seems even to lack the pride of a funnel.
here, where she is described as a 'Box Shaped Singledecker'.
CT77 is the Spaven Mor, registered in Castletown. She's a scallop dredger, boats that don't attract a very positive press. She was involved in an incident with the Port St Mary lifeboat station down in the Isle of Man some years ago, story here.
The Scottish Fisheries Protection ship Jura was in the Sound in early February. We see one of the SFP's boats every few months, usually moving in a leisurely fashion, and certainly never stopping to check any of the fishing boats in the Sound. Perhaps her presence is deterrent enough.