View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Another boatful week

More unusual visitors to Stornoway this week: the Astor was here on Monday, covered in fog. Today, the cruiseliner Island Sky called in and half an hour ago we were treated to the sight of the 1945 training sailing ship Gunilla, registered in Sweden, coming into port under engine power at a leisurely 6 knots.

Astor in the fog off Sandwick on Monday

Cruiseliner Island Sky

Sailing ship Gunilla

Wednesday 3 June

Overcast and cooler than yesterday, with a bit of a breeze going. Political situation not much changed, apart from one minister resigning from the government. Mr Brown faced questions in parliament this afternoon, which did little to change the situation. Tomorrow will see European and local elections in the UK, and the outcome of that should be interesting.

Locally, the debate about Sunday sailings continues, with the focus on what legal opinion is valid or not. I don't think it's legal opinions that count, at the end of the day. It is the outcome of a consultation, currently being conducted by ferry company Calmac, that determines what will happen with a Sunday service.