Two very special guests for Tobermory Lifeboat Day

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 Tobermory Lifeboat station and its volunteer crew are now on fast countdown to Sunday 18th August – 2013 Lifeboat Day in Tobermory. They are looking forward to having two very special guests in attendance.

In addition to Tobermory’s own Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, a Severn class all weather lifeboat [the biggest type in service in the UK], a 1938 Watson class lifeboat will also be alongside the pontoons and open to the public.

As Tobermory RNLI celebrates the current lifeboat’s 10th birthday, the Watson will provide a strong link to the staation’s past.

The Watson is the same class of lifeboat based in the town when the station first opened in 1938.

The visiting lifeboat, Canadian Pacific, was built at the same yard just a few months after Tobermory’s Watson class, Sir Arthur Rose [pictured above].

Special presentations

The second special guests on Tobermory’s Lifeboat Day will be the new Chair of the RNLI, Charles Hunter-Pease, who will be there to make special presentations to Tobermory’s full time Coxswain, Andrew McHaffie and relief Coxswain, Robert Macqueen from Portpatrick.

The presentations will mark the part played by these two men in a dramatic rescue of a fishing boat off the Isle of Coll in 60mph winds earlier this year. This took place on 27th January this year, 2013, reported here. It makes muscular reading so heaven knows what doing this shout was like.

Tobermory Lifeboat Day will take place on Sunday 18th August between 1200 and 1600.

There will be stalls, games, a BBQ, boat trips, a lifejacket clinic and a helicopter exercise.

There will also be adult and junior raft races and Tobermory’s lifeboat crew will renew their rivalry with the local fire brigade in a services raft race to bring the day to a rousing – and certainly wet,  finale.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ian Stevens says: ‘We look forward to welcoming locals and visitors alike to our annual gala day.

‘We’re very excited to have a Watson class lifeboat joining us, particularly as we mark our own all weather lifeboat’s 10th birthday.’

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2 Responses to Two very special guests for Tobermory Lifeboat Day

  1. That’s going to be a great sight. And many congratulations to Andrew and Robert. As a then RNLI shop volunteer I was privileged to be invited to the moving ceremony when the Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsay came to Tobermory for the first time my lasting memory of that event was the family of dolphins coming into the Bay alongside her after her quick excursion with the dignitaries into the Sound. It was like the dolphins – with their long reputation for helping folks in the water – were putting their own kind of blessing on our new lifeboat and its unstinting crew.

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  2. The Watson class Tobermory lifeboat, Sir Arthur Rose, shown in your picture, has more than one Argyll connection. It was built at Robertson’s Yard at Sandbank and after launching, was taken up the river and lifted out of the water to be displayed at the Empire Exhibition in Glasgow in 1938, which is where your picture was taken. It featured on newsreels at the time:-

    The yard is not mentioned but it is obvious in the film that Sandbank is the location of the launch. This is confirmed in the greater detail of the picture on the RNLI website. The boat is still afloat today as a cabin cruiser named Rose Marion.

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