The ‘trail’ tug. Small but gorgeous, 90 tonne bollard pull, Norwegian crew. About to transfer a 500 metre pennant from the work vessel at Scrabster.
Anchor handling chaps, the vessel has twin Karm forks rather than a sharks jaw.
The Tow Head. Two hundred tonnes of it, 5.5 km of bundle leading out over the fields and hills behind it.
Goodness, there’s a lot of it.
Checking the trail rigging.
Lifting one to get the other one under it.
Entering the waters of Sinclairs Bay, two 250 tonne bollard pull tugs heaving merrily away out of shot.
A beautiful Caithness day, perfect launching conditions. The launch-ways will be removed once all the season’s launchings are complete.
Nearby town Wick and the only accommodation available within 10 miles of the launch site.
Nearby John o Groats. Not really worth the drive to see it.