4 Paxman engines, two screws and instant response. Fortunately.
Voice from the top bridge to the wheelhouse, repeated by the helmsman, and acted on by the seaman at the telegraph, and reacted to with remarkable speed by the engineer below.
Soldier on R and R relaxing having climbed up to the Northish face of Connachair over 1000 ft above the vessel. Looking down on the cliff faces over the sea where the Kildans would clamber down for the birds and eggs for food, up to their evacuation in 1930. Soay sheep spectator in the background
Aachen on beach in Village Bay, St Kilda, with cleits in the foreground where food was stored in stone built shelters thatched with turf, allowing the wind to blow through but keeping the contents relatively dry.
We were unable to beach at S. Ford between S. Uist and Benbecula because of neap tides. So I decided on a trip through Stornoway, the Kyles of Lochalsh, Mallaig and then Canna and back to L. Carnan. Mallaig, Sunday morning, c. '70.
Harbour? Barely. View from Peel castle. Can't remember why we were there. I am sure it had nothing to do with seeing the early morning TT practices which were coincidentally on that week. Did not linger there for reasons any seaman would spot
Beaching at Village Bay. Island served for over 20 years by WW2 landing craft before being replaced by two new specially built craft. Now intermittently by civilian chartered vessel and helicopters.
Glad I did not miss the experience