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Cromarty Lifeboat trip

Cromarty Lifeboat trip

Date Added: 01 April 2008 Contributor: Caroline Fair Year: 1958 Picture No: 2134

Caroline Fair is in the middle wearing a striped dress. Can anyone name the rest? I'd guess that's Albert Watson letting go the 'awser on the right.

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Would Albert not be Skippering rather than doing deck. If the date is correct then the lifeboat would be "LILLA MARIS DOUGLAS AND WILL". Comment left on 02 April 2008 at 23:01 by Ronald Young
Front second left girl with striped jacket is Pauline Gilmour, 6th along is Elisanne Fraser, 10th along Margaret Clelland, directly behind is May Clelland and next to her to her left is Mary Gilmour. Comment left on 06 April 2008 at 22:24 by Margaret Cassie ( Clelland )
Front row from the left 11th along I think is Eunice Kelly. Comment left on 11 April 2008 at 13:12 by Margaret Cassie ( Clelland )
Next to Caroline's right could it be Rose Gilmour? Comment left on 11 April 2008 at 13:22 by Margaret Cassie ( Clelland )
I think that's Mary Gilmour with May Grant (in headscarf) standing next to her.

We used to pack as many passengers as we could on board, no charge, but a donation was accepted if offered, kids free. No thought of health and safety or compensation then.
Comment left on 12 April 2008 at 09:44 by Ian Jack
My father Albert loved Regatta Days, 'cos that was the day when he quietly loaded numbers to test the designer's specification as to the ammount of survivors that could be carried in event of a real emergency at sea.

He always maintained 'ballast' on trials was not as effective as a 'live' load, some of which would be standing, and/or moving with the vessel. Happy memories for all, an' a weet sark for a few!!
Comment left on 03 May 2008 at 20:51 by Clem Watson
Hi Clem, the carrying capacity in fine weather of the Watson Class, was 120 persons in fine, 95 in rough. I can't remember anyone counting, they just kept coming until you could barely see the boat. They were very stable even with that number on board.

We tried that with an Arun and when we gave her helm at speed she fell over badly. Scared more than the passengers I can tell you.
Comment left on 04 May 2008 at 09:59 by Ian Jack
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