Bundle, bundle, 5.49km long bundle

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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.


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Anchor handling chaps, the vessel has twin Karm forks rather than a sharks jaw.

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The Tow Head. Two hundred tonnes of it, 5.5 km of bundle leading out over the fields and hills behind it.

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Goodness, there’s a lot of it.

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Checking the trail rigging.

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Lifting one to get the other one under it.

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Entering the waters of Sinclairs Bay, two 250 tonne bollard pull tugs heaving merrily away out of shot.

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A beautiful Caithness day, perfect launching conditions. The launch-ways will be removed once all the season’s launchings are complete.

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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.

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Scrabster harbour and the ferry to the nearby Orkney Islands.

About allatsea

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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