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Harbour Defence Motor Launch 1085 - Etive Shearwater has been in lockdown with the rest of us, I was planning a trip up when isolation hit, obviously that never happened, and isn't looking likely in the near future sadly, but the Dock Owner where she is currently resting is taking good care of her, he's sent me this picture of her, and luckily he can check on her regularly within isolation rules so I don't need to worry about her, her bilges and ropes being well tended!
It's true to say I've been very lucky with the different harbour /dock/loch and river masters that I've dealt with this far in her journey so far, her current one and up at Avoch Harbour on the repair berth before towing down! I not only great guys but now good friends to, it's amazing the people you meet taking a vessel on a journey like this. I never tire of telling her amazing story to new people who show an interest, often first having to explain she isn't an MTB, and the differences involved, not so fast and fancy,she had to stand her ground and fight by design to protect her assigned harbour, so no 50 knot escape speed available, just enough at 12 knots emergency ahead to escape the blast of her own depth charges!
With work for the covvid emergency keeping me busy, I hope to have some more time soon to get more done and update with more Shearwater progress soon, keep safe everyone!
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5 months ago

Calum Keen

My Father was her skipper in the early 60's when she operated out of Achnachloich, doing the runs up and down Loch Etive. ... See MoreSee Less

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6 months ago

Martin Weston

Whilst it's a bit of a moribund time, and apologies for the lack of posts it generates, one of the great perks of being in the "paperwork phase" of Shearwaters future life is parts of her history pop up in the archives such as this, Island life is often govourned day to day by the weather, even if it is your wedding day! Luckily the resilience of islanders shone through and the fortunate couple were happily married, Shearwater done her part in seeing all could enjoy this happy event, even if not quite as originally planned! Better early than late! ... See MoreSee Less

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Here's a few more little gems from the archives, 3 newspaper articles from Shearwaters past, her last day at Eigg for the winter, a sad day each year when the locals have their last pint aboard befor the winter sets in!
Next a happier occasion that saw the islands population triple for a local wedding!
Lastly more good news and a boost for the then owner Murdo Grant, having the berthing cost reduced due to the poor state of the peer! Enjoy your Sunday Shearwater Times folks 😉
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Here's a little something different from Shearwaters past, the year after the Islanders of Eigg bought out the Island estate, they were finally granted permission for their own drinks license! This meant they no longer had to wait for Shearwater to make port for a freshly poured pint with their pals! Up until then it was Shearwater alone that acted as watering hole! ... See MoreSee Less

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Something a little different, and a great opportunity to get hands on, or help out with the history side, of a real WW1 ship restoration project! Local to chatham/London, or if you can get there, pop along and get involved 😉

If you fancy it, there's more info here, post or drop a message for more!

www.facebook.com/groups/1028682260821002/
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Another weekend up to Shearwater, I'm always in such a hurry to get things done I often forget to take pictures for you guys, luckily my quick thinking lovely fiancee snapped these as I was tidying up before leaving, some more maintenance done and preps for the work next visit! ... See MoreSee Less

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So after a clean up and a few checks, the spare pump and the two new batteries that were aboard when Shearwater played submarine recently, are all working tip top! Batteries will get a repair charge but both have 12.4 volts on still without! So jobs list looking good for this weekend and a good few pounds saved on new batteries, every bit saved is a bit closer to her haulage south 👍 ... See MoreSee Less

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So I was up on Shearwater this weekend, effecting a few repairs from the elements, more to do next weekend, deck and fittings needing some attention, the research team have been busy though, and it turns out when first commissioned into RN service she was briefly on the Tyne at North Shields, as she transited North to her first posting, which we now know was briefly at Granton, before she was then transferred to Scapa Flow! ... See MoreSee Less

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