View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Wednesday 10 October

A nice if nippy day in Stornoway with good spells of sunshine and a daytime max of 12C / 54F. Went into town for a number of items in the shops, and also to take a look at this boat which has sunk at its moorings. The Monaco has laid tied up alongside the Cromwell Street Quay in Stornoway since 2002, and has visibly deteriorated over all those years. Last weekend, I was surprised to find her moored right at the end of the quay, off Kenneth Street, and yesterday I was even more surprised to read that she had sunk.

As you can read in the linked article, the former pleasure craft has been the subject of a legal dispute, and is now likely to be declared a wreck.

Forty miles by road to the south, the community of Tarbert (and Harris as a whole) appears to be up in arms about the name of the newbuilt school there. Until this summer, it was known as the Sir E Scott School, after a former benevolent landowner. The local council has now named the school "Tarbert School" (translated from the Gaelic "Sgoil An Tairbeart"), and people don't like the dropping of the reference to Sir Edward.