Marine News

Marine News from John Kinsman at Coastwatch St Monans, East Fife

Busy time for Coastwatch St Monans

October was a busy month for Coastwatch St Monans. They were paged by Aberdeen Coastguard operations room after reports from a member of the public of a seal injured on rocks between St Monans and Pittenweem. The Coastwatch team of John Kinsman Operations manager, Anne Kinsman, John Mclean and Catherine Spence raced to the location and discovered the seal had passed away. The seal was later removed for tests.

The Coastwatch team were alerted to keep watch for an overdue yacht. The yacht was later reported safe in a Fife harbour.

Coastwatch St Monans also hoisted their new Coastguard flag after being declared facility status, making the Fife station part of the SAR (search and rescue) family and sea safety group.

The last drama of October was the monitoring of a rescue of a yacht some 20 miles off Anstruther. Anstruther lifeboat was launched at 10.05 hours and reached the yacht at 12.20 hours. They established a tow and after a very slow tow arrived back at Anstruther harbour at 17.35 hours. No one was hurt.

Waverly Fund

The famous paddle steamer Waverly could sail again next year after it’s restoration appeal broke the £2 million barrier. The 70 year old ship has been out of service this year as it needs £2.3 million of repairs including new boilers. However the owners of the vessel were given a boost last month as the Scottish government pledged £1 million for the fund and a message on the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) website read,

“The running total for the Waverly boiler refit appeal has now passed the £2 million milestone thanks to the continued generosity of PSPS members and many other people. Since the appeal was launched in June donations have been received from over 7,500 individuals. Along with £1 million of support from the Scottish government, several trusts and foundations have also contributed to take the total raised so far within £300,000 of the £2 million target. A fantastic result in just a few months.”

Named after Sir Walter Scott’s debut novel, PS Waverly was built just after World War 2 as a replacement for a vessel sunk during the Dunkirk evacuation. In 1975 at the end of its working life, it was bought for £1 by PSPS. For generations of Scots the Waverly holds a special place in their hearts as it offered “doon the watter” trips along the west coast.

The Waverly sailing on the Clyde river

On October 5th our marine correspondent John Kinsman and his wife Anne celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary. The couple enjoyed a meal at the Waterfront Hotel where they were joined by friends. John a marine reporter for over 20 years is also operations manager for Coastwatch St Monans Station.