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eriskay



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Coincidentally appearing in a Hebridean community newspaper recently, this image showing two scenes of landing craft at work on Hirta (St Kilda). On the left, this image dates back to the late 1950s and, on the right, 50 years later, a similar scene, as the last sections of the fishing vessel SPINNINGDALE, that ran aground in Village Bay (Feb 2008), are loaded for removal and scrapping.

Acknowledgement : Am Paipear of April 2010
· Date: Fri, 9 April 10 · Views: 180
· Filesize: 50.8kb, 50.7kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 326 ·
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rcraig
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Fri, 9 April 10 17:13

Eriskay, I think the one on the left possibly shows a modern smaller landing craft removing the parts of the Spinningdale...if that is what she is doing, and the one on the right a Mk 8 LCT, the 4041 presumably in the early days about '57 using what I can only guess is an early stab at attempting to secure the ship using bow ropes in addition to her kedge anchor. These bow ropes would have been valueless and were not being used by '59 at the latest.
I suspect it would have been a touch of a ...suck it an see... approach in the absence of any experience in operating these ships 12 years after the war.
Someone else may have another explanation.
Many thanks. Who produces Am Pāipear"? I have seen it around on the islands.
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eriskay

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Fri, 9 April 10 17:30

Well spotted, you are absolutely right, the one on the right is the WWII craft, and as you say, the one on the left is a more modern and smaller craft.

Am Paipear (The Paper) is a Community Newspaper of the Southern Isles that was first published in 1974. Not sure who the Owner/Publisher is, but think it is produced in Benbecula. Half English, half Gaelic ... something for everyone!
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