Oil Rig Photos
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