Saturday 3rd January 2015

Stone ship arrives at YELLAND.

mv FRI LAKE a 1999 built Norwegian owned cargo ship has arrived at YELLAND QUAY at 1645 hrs today with a 3,360 tonne cargo of Scottish quarried stone in two grades for Notts Contractors.

She had a draught of 5.2 m aft. 5 m forward and had anchored off CLOVELLY where she had arrived the previous evening from GLENSANDA. The tide cut by 20 cms on predicted levels according to the tide board at Yelland.

The wet, windy rainy conditions improved on arrival, but the boarding by the Pilot was rough and the 2+ metre seas tested the skills of cox John Pavitt and crew Thom Flaxman to to keep the boat alongside the ship and board the Pilot safely, as Roger Hoad safely boarded the loaded ship at the top of a swell and onto the deck aided by the ships crew.

She will have her cargo discharged by JST mobile crane during Sunday, and sail at 1645 hrs tomorrow. Her next port is SHARPNESS where she will load BARLEY for the Continent.

The ship was in excellent condition, built by DAMEN shipyard in Holland and has a high bridge to enable her to carry containers.

She handled well but with the minimum powered engine for her capacity, and modern Becker type rudder, and a bow thruster.

The Captain and crew were Russian with the exception of one seaman who is Polish. The Captain says that they had Christmas steaming at sea, and also New Year.

.Fri Lake Norm Jan15
Norman Hardaker's photos of the ship pasing the Braunton Burrows and having crossed the Bar
.Fri Lake Burrows Norm Jan15