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For The Love Of An Old Boat

Blog: Travel Northwestward. After years absorbed behind a desk, the practical challenge the Shemaron project calls forth is refreshing, while the opportunity it presents for writing has provided a channel for true escapism. I find road trips through Northumberland and the Borders then on to the side of the dynamic and charismatic Shemaron to be continually engaging. This is a blog account of times and travels through the watery colours of Turner's Northumberland and the rhyming ballads of Sir Walter Scott's borderlands, to quite literally, a world of watercolor on the seasoned deck of an old wooden fishing boat on the West Coast of Scotland.

Fiona Malkin

Blog: Travel North Westward

Mythology – The Blue Men of the Hebrides

Mythology is not the first thing that springs to mind when discussing boat renovation. In certain situations, however, even today the old stories can seem very real.   Shemaron Project The Shemaron project is primarily concerned with the renovation of the ex ring net fishing boat Shemaron. In the early days of the renovation (before …

Laverda #Classic Bike

I first rode pillion during the late 1970s on the back of my boyfriend’s CZ 250 then GT 380. Riding pillion on a Laverda Mirage reminded me of those times. Since then we have married and as husband and wife have continued to enjoy many happy biking hours. Over the years we have owned a series of …

Traveling By Sea: Carradale

  Traveling by sea has been one of the most exciting things I have done. I have had the opportunity to travel widely on the old herring boat, Shemaron. My husband and I have had many adventures with her. In this blog post, I look back on a trip in 2015. We left Campbeltown for …

Getting Ready: Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival

I wonder what this year’s Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival will bring. Sunshine rain or showers. Whichever it is always a treat watching the boats arriving safely onto the pontoons. Shemaron arrived in Tarbert for the Festival in 2015, and she is still there! That year stormy weather dominated the FestivaL After soaking up the historic …

Loch Riddon, Tighnabruiach Scotland

Our plan was to anchor off St Ninian’s Bay on the Isle of Bute in Scotland. As we approached the wind changed direction. A swell rolled into the Bay from the southwest. If we had chosen to stay this would have meant an uncomfortable night at anchor. We decided not to stop and continued north …

Edlingham Castle Northumberland

There can be few more picturesque spots for a picnic than Edlingham Castle in Northumberland. In fact, a picture of the view of the Castle from Corby Crag, above Alnwick was used as a promotional backdrop to The Hobbit. Sitting quietly in a narrow green valley that lies between the moors about five miles south west …

Oak Lea Ring Net

This photo is of the Tarbert ring net boat Oak Lea. She was my introduction to the plight of ring net boats. Chris (my husband) and I took this picture whilst on holiday near Kyle Lochalsh on the west coast of  Scotland before we became involved with Shemaron. Although she was in such a state …

Unknown Wreck

  Running ribbons of rust and gold, Lilting waves on failing larch, Planks scoured clean of tar and okum, Open now to hold and foc’sle. Etched with barnacles, Below your waterline has fallen foul, Settled on the silted shore, Sifting currents not considered, Your bilges burning in the dark. And sacrifice no longer needed to …

Rescued From Robbers Rock

An epic weekend of effort resulted in Shemaron being rescued from Robbers Rock. The next thing I remember is the rib Fly Away appearing out of the dark with all crew onboard. The moon had disappeared, the darkness had grown deeper, and a jabble had come up on the water. The rib was bouncing onto …

The Kindness Of Human Nature

The kindness of human nature is sometimes truly amazing. Kindness is a virtue that is precious in these times of world unease and for those who have been on the receiving end of it, it is a humbling experience. After unintentionally beaching the old fishing boat Shemaron on top of a rock in Loch Fyne …
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