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Sent from Fife by John Kinsman Official Visit On 18th June Coastwatch St Monans station were visited by two officers from Aberdeen Coastguards Operations Room. The officers went to St Monans to inspect the Coastwatch station which passed with flying colours. St Monans Coastwatch station is part of the HM Coastguard network and covers an …

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Monthly update on marine matters around Scotland and the UK, from John Kinsman, station manager at Coastwatch St Monans, East Fife. The Bluebird The man behind the restoration of the Bluebird plans to run the vessel on a Scottish loch for a second summer despite the threat of legal action. Donald Campbell’s craft was recovered …

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By John Kinsman, Coastwatch St Monans, Fife Longhope Lifeboat Crew Remembered 50 Years On Eight men died when the Longhope lifeboat capsized on March 17th 1969 after setting out late in the evening from Hoy in Orkney. To help the Liberian cargo vessel Irene, which was adrift in a fierce storm. The lifeboat, a 47 …

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Marine News by John Kinsman, Station Manager at Coastwatch St Monans, Fife Seafood jobs at risk Seafood producers face a huge rise in the cost of exporting as a result of charges imposed by local authorities. One firm, Loch Fyne Oysters has seen its bill for council health certificates soar thirty-fold in just two years. …

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From John Kinsman Royal Navy nuclear submarine in near miss with ferry A nuclear powered royal navy submarine had a near miss with a ferry in the Irish sea it has emerged. The MOD would not confirm which of its ten submarines was involved. All of its submarines are nuclear powered but only four carry …

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From John Kinsman, St Monans Coastwatch, East Fife FERGUSON MARINE SAYS IT WILL LOSE £40 MILLION ON NEW FERRIES The shipbuilder with the contract to build the two new Cal Mac ferries has said it will lose £39.5m on the deal. The latest accounts for Ferguson Marine show the Inverclyde yard made a loss of …

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From John Kinsman, at St Monan’s Coastwatch, East Fife. Ship Transporting Live Fish Breaks Down The crew of a ship carrying live fish had to be rescued on Tuesday November 14th after the vessel broke down. The MVF Migdale with four persons on board got into difficulty close to Ardnamurchan point. The skipper dropped anchor at …

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By John Kinsman, COASTWATCH ST MONANS, east Fife. Did sonar cause unexplained deaths? Scientists are investigating why 75 deep water whales washed up on Scottish and Irish coasts during August and September this year. Most are Cuvier’s beaked whales, which are among the deepest diving whales on the planet. Experts said 45 badly decomposed beaked …

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Marine News from John Kinsman, at St Monans Coastguard, Fife. Boat’s Grounding Disrupts Ferry Services A damaged boat prevented ferry services operating to and from Harris. The MV Fame which was carrying fish feed ran aground near Tarbert on Sunday morning 16th September. It was later refloated and has been tied up at the Caledonian …

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By John Kinsman, St Monans Coastwatch, Fife. PASSENGERS STRANDED ON WAVERLY Hundred of passengers on the paddle steamer Waverly were left high and dry when the vessel broke down in the middle of the Firth of Clyde. The Waverly was stuck between Helensburgh and Greenock for several hours but later made it in to Greenock. Waverly …