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RNLB Lilla Marras, Douglas & Will  - c1955
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RNLB Lilla Marras, Douglas & Will - c1955

Picture added on 18 November 2003
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Cromarty Lifeboats
This looks like the Lilla Marras Douglas and Will taken before the enclosed wheelhouse was added. The James MacPhee had varnished wood cabins and a funnel.
Added by Campbell Ross on 16 December 2003
I concur with Campbell Ross, this was the Lilla Marras, Douglas & Will on her arrival day in 1955. The James Macfee went out on the arrival day, to meet the new lifeboat, & on that occassion the late Richard Brooke, former 2nd Coxn., was at the helm, and I was Bowman that afternoon.
**(Richard, above mentioned, later drowned, as a result of an accident in the Gareloch, and was finally laid to rest to the right of the North door of the EAST Church in Cromarty.)

Added by Clem Watson on 27 December 2003
Thanks Campbell and Clem - I have now updated the title and year from RNLB James Macfee and 1950 to the correct ones.
Added by Garve Scott-Lodge on 28 December 2003
You are absolutely correct there Clem, your father taught many future seamen their trade in his own quiet way. He was one of the old time coxn's, a natural seaman.
i see on the photo. of the james macfee eddy scott sitting up forrard wi a fag in his moo.
oo thee deein the sel these days?
Added by Ian Jack on 27 January 2004
I was on the James Macfee with you Ian, and remember 'Brookies' handling the 'hebb' tide problem when approaching the harbour entrance!

Ahead, Astarn, an' no go nae way!

A fair breeze o' win' that day as I recall, as the RNLI ensign shows.

You had an excellent early training on the Enterprise & the Endeavour too! Happy memories!
Added by Clem Watson on 27 January 2004
I remember going out on the James Macfee to meet the Lilla Marass on her passage to Cromarty, I was home on leave at the time from the merchant navy, Richard Brookes was second cox'n and we met Albert and his crew half way across the firth on their way home.
I think Jay Duff was aboard the Macfee as well, if I remember properly. I know I was at the wheel at the time and got drookit on the passage out. The James Macfee is now lying in the canal as a house boat.
Added by Ian Jack on 27 January 2004
Do you know that the Lilla Marras Douglas and Will is now a hotel-boat in Harlingen-NL?
Weird isn't it? At least she is still alive...
Wel jammer...
Added by Jeroen van Dillewijn on 24 June 2004
Is that gentleman Richard Brookes, [ that you mention Clem] Major Brookes? I remember him - he was a very nice guy. Didn't he go missing and his body was found later?
Added by Mary Mackay now Harrison on 27 September 2005
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