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I know it is wall to wall rugby this weekend but some of you might be interested in downloading a couple of nautical programmes that were on Alba this week. On Wednesday, 23-00 they repeated 'Northern Lights' an old black and white documentary from way back about the old 'Pole Star' on its rounds servicing remote Scottish lighthouses. Some great small boat handling coming ashore with supplies in wave ridden guts, most of the lights were still manned then. The following night, Thur. 21-00, there was a modern follow up, 'Sgiobair Nan Taighean-Solais' in full colour with English subtitles which followed the current NLB boats, Pole Star and Pharos as they serviced a variety of remote lights and buoys, these days Pharos with her helicopter platform does the rock lightouses and she was shown at Bell Rock, Mc Arthurs Point and the once eerie Flannan Isles. While the chopper did not have to negotiate the rocks like the old tenders she did have a lot of wind to cope with. Neither of these programmes are new but if you have not seen them well recommended. Worth watching in sequence for an illustration of how 'elfin safety' has changed what it is possible to do with a small boat.
 

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I know it is wall to wall rugby this weekend but some of you might be interested in downloading a couple of nautical programmes that were on Alba this week. On Wednesday, 23-00 they repeated 'Northern Lights' an old black and white documentary from way back about the old 'Pole Star' on its rounds servicing remote Scottish lighthouses. Some great small boat handling coming ashore with supplies in wave ridden guts, most of the lights were still manned then. The following night, Thur. 21-00, there was a modern follow up, 'Sgiobair Nan Taighean-Solais' in full colour with English subtitles which followed the current NLB boats, Pole Star and Pharos as they serviced a variety of remote lights and buoys, these days Pharos with her helicopter platform does the rock lightouses and she was shown at Bell Rock, Mc Arthurs Point and the once eerie Flannan Isles. While the chopper did not have to negotiate the rocks like the old tenders she did have a lot of wind to cope with. Neither of these programmes are new but if you have not seen them well recommended. Worth watching in sequence for an illustration of how 'elfin safety' has changed what it is possible to do with a small boat.
Brilliant, thanks for posting that.

Seeing the Pole Star when I was a wee boy was always something special.
 
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