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Old 16 October 2013, 12:14   #1
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The Smalls Lighthouse

Conditions where perfect yesterday for a little fishing trip, so we set off for Grassholm and the Smalls. the seals are very inquisitive out there. Whilst looking at the Lighthouse I tried to imagine how that historic Lighthouse keeper must have felt when his colleague died of natural causes, apparently they weren't the best of friends, and he was worried people would accuse him of murder if he disposed the decaying body to Sea, so he made a makeshift coffin and lashed it to an outside shelf, but the wind broke the box, and the colleague's arm fell within view of the hut window and swayed in the wind as though it was beckoning, the LH keepers must have been pleased when they automated this one. I was amazed at the number of Gannets remaining on Grassholm aswell, I guess it must reflect the cold start of the season. fuel consumption wasn't bad either I managed to hold 3000rpm over 60nm = 70lt. chuffed factor 100%.

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Superb, you lucky bugger What was the fishing like? Last time I dived the NE side of the light, we found a big lump of copper sheeting that looked like a lantern top, about 1m diameter. That & about 1/2 a dozen cray
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another view of it !! I was pretty close by the time I was deposited back in the boat.
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It was much livelier than that a few weeks ago when we were there ! Not because of any wind ......just large tidal movements of water in changing depths .

ps the latest RSPB magazine features an article about discarded plastic waste and its affect on Islands like Grassholme
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Superb, you lucky bugger What was the fishing like? Last time I dived the NE side of the light, we found a big lump of copper sheeting that looked like a lantern top, about 1m diameter. That & about 1/2 a dozen cray
The catch wasn't to bad cheers, half dozen macky and 7 decent pollack for keeps, but there seemed to be loads of small fry, with some of the smallest coddling I've ever seen, I've heard a few diving stories of the area, including the Viking sword found by wreck divers 1991, estimated date 1100AD there's a 100m exclusion zone around that area for divers now, but there must be loads of undiscovered wrecks around the area, I would never feel brave or fit enough to dive there myself, I timed arrival for slack tide 2hrs before MH high, but slack didn't seem to last long, and we started drifting North at quit a pace. so after a few drifts we headed back over the hats and barrels and tried there for 5min, there wasn't a breath of wind, just lumps of sea not waves coming from all directions. time to move on I said with no complaints heard, we arrived back at MH around 17:00.
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another view of it !! I was pretty close by the time I was deposited back in the boat.
Nice pic, fair play for carrying on, judging by that pic you must have drifted through the barrels.

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It was much livelier than that a few weeks ago when we were there ! Not because of any wind ......just large tidal movements of water in changing depths .

ps the latest RSPB magazine features an article about discarded plastic waste and its affect on Islands like Grassholme
Its a shame conditions weren't better for your visit Bern, and yes its shamefull the effects of all that rubbish at sea too.
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This chap was found loafing around in a nice Avon SIB at Skomer:

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Do keep up Brad !

Paul has already posted a link to that chappie in post #10.....

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Here you go chaps, I've edited a bit more from my cruise the other day. never seen so many Gannets on GH this time of year. or ever seen the Hats n Barrels so calm.
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