NM7107 : Incoming tide at The Grey Dogs

taken 8 months ago, 4 km from Toberonochy, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Incoming tide at The Grey Dogs
Incoming tide at The Grey Dogs
The channel to the south of the Island of Lunga, Bealach a' Choin Ghlais (Pass of the Grey Dog), is only 200 metres wide and is scoured by the notorious 'Grey Dog' tidal race which reaches 8 knots when in full flood. According to an 1845 description:
'... about 1 cable broad, and the stream of water during the greater part of ebb and flood rushes along the narrow pass with much violence. So great is the overfall on the current, that even during moderate tides it is impossible to force a boat through.'

This strait is sometimes called the 'Little Corryvreckan' after its greater cousin between Scarba and Jura just a few miles to the south.
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The place is said to be named after Bhreacan's faithful dog who having pulled the body of his master ashore after capsizing in the Corryvreckan whirlpool, then perished itself in 'Little Corryvreckan'.

It is often quoted that the Royal Navy described the Gulf of Corryvreckan as unnavigable but it appears that the warning phrase in the West Coast Pilot refers to this narrower channel:
'It is reported that the excessive rate of the tidal stream and the narrow width of the E entrance channel create an unnavigable area just S of Eilean a Bhealaich, an islet in the centre of the E entrance. As a result, it is inadvisable to pass through this channel, and even with local knowledge passage should only be attempted in quiet weather at slack water.'
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Date Taken
Thursday, 13 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 19 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Islands  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 7135 0713 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:12.1006N 5:41.2691W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NM 71354 07164
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