‘Island Monarch’, Castle Bay, Barra 1976
We had sailed from Oban, via Tobermory and Col, to Barra in the Outer Hebrides – (back via Canna)
I was a guest crew on a yacht chartered by friends.
It seems I was taking photos of inshore boats even then – (this one copied from the newly found original slide).
What was there not to like about ‘Island Monarch’?
Island Monarch – an appropriate name for these waters.
So what was she?
No fluorescent orange buoys, no plastic nets, no synthetic ropes – (wrong generation).
An interesting ‘pair’ of oars, a simple cuddy, a broadish beam.
Are these seats (or lockers) – and the upturned box a step? Is the inflatable in the box in front of the cuddy a safety feature?
Perhaps it’s the ferry to a nearby island? The scuffed paint on the port bow seat from the shoes of people boarding?
All clues, of course. The sad thing is it was 33 years ago. I knew then, and now I can’t remember.
Canna, early morning September 1976
For the origins and full set of images in this series, here