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Story of The Boats

Ray Hutching and Ian Williamson, two volunteers with engineering experience started building the two boats from scratch, at the workshop near the Yorkhill quay where the ship was berthed originally.
The year was 2009 and money was very short so work wasn’t continuous. Eventually, when the ship moved to the Riverside, the Pinnace was finished and put into water but the lifeboat was still only at the first stages.
When the new workshop was ready at the Riverside, work restarted and now the aim was to have the Pennice repainted and stored, the lifeboat completed and both boats installed on the ship. Again money was short and another volunteer came about Lensey Elder who took over from the previous ones. Many other volunteers got involved eventually with building the boats and near completion the Anchor and Sail project was brought into the programme, with new shipbuilding apprentices, to help.

Swinging of The Boats

The operation lasted 1 hour and 30 minutes. It started at 8.30 am hen the crane arrived on site. The doors of the workshop opened at 9am.
The Trust started building the lifeboats in 2002, at the shed, at Yorkhill bay.
Name of company: Gault Transport; they have helped the Trust over the years. (approx. £500).

1 driver, 1 rigger
Andy’s team ( Jamie Hunter, Willie Pollock, John Daawson)
David’s team (Joe Clark, Jonathan Goldman, Peter Richard) not present but involved with the building of the boats Kenny McGuigan.

Volunteers
The workshop teams rigged specially the boats by installing a load spreader, to help with the inward push and protect the boat’s structure.
The boats were moved: 1. On its own trailer, 2. Moved on equipment skates.
The swinging of the boats was very carefully planned to coincide with the tide flow and wind conditions( below 20m/h), in order to ease the effort of swinging onboard.