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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 …

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 …

Rescue From The Rocks

  We had abandoned ship after running aground on Robbers Rock but our rescue came quickly from the people at Crispie Bay. The weight of ourselves plus our baggage meant that the dingy was slow in the water. It was difficult to row because I hadn’t managed to sit down straight and then once everything was in …

Abandon Ship Hitting Submerged Rocks

I am at a loss to explain my emotional attachment to the old fishing boat Shemaron. It is a complicated thing to try to analyze and perhaps, it is better not to try too hard. To analyze too much would take away from an amazing experience. On a simple level, ten years ago Shemaron showed …
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