Harbour News 1st-21st June 2016

 68 arrivals for the period

 Whitefish has once again been very busy with predominantly Anglo Spanish line fishing vessels landing boat loads of quality hake and ling every five or six days. Additionally the freezer netter Mar Blanco landed a full boat of processed monkfish after a twelve-week trip to deepwater grounds west of Rockall.  The Peterhead-registered Harvest Hope made two landings of haddock, cod, saithe and monkfish from Rockall waters before returning east for the annual refit. Scottish trawlers report vast quantities of squid eggs on Rockall bank which hopefully will lead to a successful summer squid fishery.

Shellfish landings have remained steady with twenty five landings from visiting prawn trawlers combined with the regular offshore crabbers and the local inshore fleet.

Non-fishing was again steady with the survey vessel Bibby Tethra day running and the salmon farm support vessels Tie Venture, Ocean Viking and Gerda Saele in for layovers.

Wylde Swan had another very successful visit over twenty five days with only four days of rain – not one of which was in Ullapool. The ship departed last Sunday 19th heading for the Aalborg regatta with twenty four trainees onboard. Since 2011 the harbour has sponsored over 250 UHS pupils to undertake day sails and longer voyages on Wylde Swan. Throughout June and July, four former UHS pupils are working on board as volunteer crew.  They’ll spend the summer sailing round various European ports taking part in sailing regattas and shipping festivals. Sadly Wylde Swan will not return in 2017 as she is taking part in a transatlantic Tall Ship race to Canada. With that in mind the harbour hopes to organise a trainee voyage from Holland to London in order to ensure the next crop of UHS trainees doesn’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime. The Dutch ketch Tecla is currently visiting a nature reserve in northern Iceland where she will remain until the end of August. Thereafter she will sail back to Ullapool before heading home via Oban and the Caledonian Canal, if you’re interested in joining, places are available.

See http://www.tecla-sailing.com/scotland/ for more information

The following parties received funding from the harbour for the period April to June 2016:

Applicant Project/Activity Amount
Ullapool High School Building Equipment £1000
Ullapool Medical Centre Medical Equipment £2100
Ullapool Community Trust Community Hub £2000

 Nordic House Exhibition at Harbour Ferry Terminal

 Ullapool Harbour Trust is pleased to host Nordic House Exhibition, a fascinating collection curated by the journalist, broadcaster and author, Lesley Riddoch.

Featuring five Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland), the images and artworks feature portraits of remote, northern scenery and fishing communities.  This is a vibrant collection  highlighting works by Kaare Espolin Johnson, the virtually blind artist from the far north of Norway who painted striking images of seascapes and people, Johannes Sveinsson Kjarval, the orphaned fisherman and Iceland’s most prolific artist who painted landscapes and lava formation, Vennelyst who photographed Copenhagen’s oldest allotment garden, a collection of photographs of Aland’s women and their families who fished and farmed on the Finnish islands before World War 2 and Kiruna the Northern Swedish town that’s being moved and rebuilt due to massive subsidence caused by decades of mining.

This collection also examines Scotland’s proximity to the often touted and arguably mythical concept of an empty frozen north.

The exhibition, which is upstairs in the ferry terminal, is open from 11am to 9:00pm every dayEntrance is free and ALL are welcome to attend.

Special Launch Tonight!

Join Lesley this Friday June 24th at 7.30pm for a special launch in the ferry terminal building.  Open to all and free of charge. Refreshments will be served.