Bundle, bundle, 5.49km long bundle


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.

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Nearby John o Groats. Not really worth the drive to see it.



Scrabster harbour and the ferry to the nearby Orkney Islands.

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Sixty year old master-mariner. Absolutely gorgeous. Well wedged.....when compared to a Nairobi street urchin. Sorted, in that I haven't been in court recently. Hopelessly optimistic, terminally disappointed. Good with cats and other fluffy things. No musical talent. Generous to a fault provided it's someone else's round. Political centreist with far right and left viewpoints. A green activist from the hydrocarbon position with nuclear leanings. Averse to avarice but always happy to receive lottery wins, gifts, windfalls, legacies, prizes and wet sloppy kisses.
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