Marine News

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 from Coniston Water in the Lake District in 2001 and rebuilt by Tyneside engineer Bill Smith. Recently lawyers for the Ruskin Museum demanded the Hydroplane be handed over so it can be put on display. But Mr Smith said the vessel should be seen in action and it would be taken back for test runs on Loch Fad on the Isle of Bute in July.
Campbell’s family gifted the Bluebird’s wreckage to the museum in Coniston but the Ruskin Trust and Mr Smith’s Bluebird restoration team cannot agree what the crafts future should be. The museum has built an extension to house the retired Bluebird but Mr Smith said it was in the public interest for people to be able to see it in action as it was built. It has to be operated on a regular basis or all the hard work will decay.

The feature image shows the restored Bluebird on Loch Fad last summer.

Rescue of 20 people
On Sunday 20th April HM Coastguards received several calls that a group of around 20 people including children were trapped on Cramond Island in the Firth of Forth. A full scale rescue operation swung into action including South Queensferry Lifeboat and the two coastguard teams. The trapped people were taken to safety by the lifeboat and no one was hurt. Meanwhile a yacht ran on to rocks near Crail. The yacht was saved by the local Lifeboat.

Cramond Island in the Firth of Forth

Coastwatch St Monans News
The St Monans Coastwatch team have had a busy month. They kept watch on shipping during some bad weather conditions. There have been some repairs to the Coastwatch station. New chippings have been laid around the station. The station is now ready for the busy summer season. The stations 8 volunteers work under the command of station manager John Kinsman and will be on lookout duty every day working shifts.