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Barra Lifeboat wth auxiliary self righting airbag deployed,

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After the Longhope and fraserbourgh lifeboat disasters of the late 60's some lifeboats including Barra's lifeboat were fitted with self inflating air bags to aid self righting.
This picture was taken from the book In danger's hour by Patrick Howarth.
· Date: Sat, 20 September 08 · Views: 1,056
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Iain Crosbie
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Sat, 20 September 08 16:39

Thanks for posting this Neil. Glad they didn't try to fit one to my boat- it would have had to be the size of a Zeppelin I think!
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Derek Roger
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Sat, 20 September 08 18:20

Is that the same type of lifeboat as the Fraserborugh boat ?? Derek
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nhp651
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Sun, 21 September 08 10:15

Which Fraserbourgh boat derek?
The 2 fraserbourgh boats lost with great loss of life ( 6 and 5 crewmen respectively )were in 1953 ( a 46' Watson, RNLB John and Charles Kennedy, and the later 1970 disaster boat was a 46'9" Watson, RNLB Duchess of Kent) whereas the Barra boat was a 52' Barnett class
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wully farquhar

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Sun, 21 September 08 13:48

The Islay lifeboat went over that same night Neil,she was a Waveney class
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nhp651
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Sun, 21 September 08 15:21

that's right Wully, but it was the Thames class that was on station, The Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit that capsized.Ithink they were both making for the same casualty.
The only Waveney ever to be knocked down was the Scout, at Middlesborough.
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Derek Roger
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Sun, 21 September 08 17:37

I was thinking of the 1970 loss nhp and you have answered the question .I was doing my ticket in Aberdeen at the time and a few of the lads doing fishing tickets from around the Brough said they would rather go to sea on their own boats than be on the lifeboat in a storm . I believe there was a couple of rescues done using fishing boats until a replacement was found .
The other lifeboat lost which I had fond memories of was the Mona from Broughty Ferry ; my uncle had a fish shop a few doors up from the Lifeboat Station and knew all the lads lost . As a young lad he had taken me down to meet some of the lads and have a look around the boat .
I was in the Army Cadets at a camp at Buddon Ness during the storm when she was lost . I seem to remember she went to assist the Abertay Lightship . There was a lost of mystery surrounding her loss and the Coxwain was apparently found lashed to the wheel .

Very sad ; perhaps you can give more details as my memory is not quite what it was .

Kind regards Derek
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Quinton Nelson
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Sun, 21 September 08 17:48

When this boat self-righted she would have been fit to carry on or return home, except when they go over the props keep turning and she screwed the drogue ropes around both props. Lucky the coaster was there to take her in tow.
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neilmac11

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Mon, 22 September 08 19:06

Where did this boat go??

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Iain Crosbie
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Tue, 23 September 08 03:47

When sold out of service from McGruer's yard on the Gareloch she was bought by a chap from Fisherrow (near Edinburgh), and kept there in the harbour. I don't know what happened to her immediately after that, but she is now listed as "converted to a houseboat at Newson's boatyard, Lake Lothing (May 2006)". I tried to buy her from Fisherrow, but by the time I sold the boat I had, she had gone.
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wully farquhar

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Tue, 23 September 08 13:48

Sorry Neil, you are correct it was the Thames class right enough,there only were two in the fleet the other at Dover,think one of them ended up a pilot boat on the south coast some way.
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Iain Crosbie
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Tue, 23 September 08 13:53

Pilot boat at Fowey Wully. The other one went to New Zealand I think.
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Tue, 23 September 08 15:35

the one in NZ is i believe now up for sale again.
haven't fogotten your enquiry, derek about the loss of the boat you speak of.
i read an article about that a short while ago and have just remembered where it was.
it was in a book called "NO PORT IN A STORM" about the losses of lightships around the world.
a fascinating book, which had a full account of the disaster you talk about. hope that helps.
i borrowed the book from my local library, and it's well worth a read.
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Quinton Nelson
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Tue, 23 September 08 15:54

Ex fowey pilot boat now working in Bantry bay
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Wed, 11 March 09 12:25

Was there any of these boats kept as they were on station?

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Iain Crosbie
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Wed, 11 March 09 15:59

Do you mean the Barnetts or the Thames?
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