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Kittiewake Loading Buoy in Loch Kishorn
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No: 2352   Contributor: Alan Clark (Oilslick)   Year: 1988   Country: United Kingdom
Kittiewake Loading Buoy in Loch Kishorn

Can't remember the year but was 1988 I think. A small squad was sent to bring the unmanned bouy back into commission prior to going out to the field. We stayed in the Kyle of Lochalsh hotel and travelled to work by small tug. Explored Isle of Skye and surrounding area. Even got to Dunvegan castle. Good boss who allowed us to unofficialy take a day off to explore now and then. Usually 2/3 of us at a time. We even had a company car with us which I once used to go to Aberdeen to pick some spares up, dropping a crane brake off at Inverness for rewind and picking it up on my return from Aberdeen. The repair shop opened especially for this job and stayed open until my return to collect. That night I stood totally alone at Urquhart Castle at 3 in the morning overlooking the loch! Moon out, flat calm, warm and no lights anywhere. Beautiful. This job was my first experience of using a chopper as a sky crane to replace a wind generator which had shaken itself to pieces.
Picture added on 02 January 2011 at 16:05
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This bouy was originally built for the Auk field in 1975 and when it became redundant was used by Shell as the basis for the Kittiwake installation, after a major rebuild which involved a completely new topside at Kishorn. I had nothing to do with this conversion, only getting it ready for transport to the field in 1989. I have no recollection now of how long we were on this job.

Added by Alan Clark on 07 January 2011.
I was based on the Auk and landed hundreds of times on this as the Auk ELSBM from 1975 and then flew to it before and after conversion to the Kittiwake KLB when I was based in Plockton. I remember the vertical wind generator destroying itself during a storm!

Added by David Clare on 28 January 2014.
Hello Dave, good to hear from you about this sky lift. I think I probably spoke to you as myself(electrician) and a couple of riggers came to the Plockton field to go through the job with you(unless you had a back to back). Very interesting.

Added by Alan Clark on 09 February 2016.
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