Thursday, 26 July 2012


A lifeboat shed with slipway was built in 1906 in Brims, Hoy in Orkney, for the Longhope lifeboat.  It is now a museum, looked after by a local gentleman who lives along the road.  The museum has a great deal of memorabilia relating to the Longhope Lifeboat Disaster March 17th 1969 as well as stories of its over 101 "shouts" (the word for being called out for a rescue).  See previous day's posting about the 1969 disaster with the loss of 8 crew when the lifeboat "TGB" went to rescue a stricken vessel in the Pentland Firth.

The centrepiece of the museum is the Watson lifeboat which you are allowed to go on board and walk through. She is wooden boat, built in 1933, is of the non self-righting type and was in service from 1933 to 1962. She is occasionally still launched for special occasions.

Last launch from Brims Lifeboat House was in 1999. "There was a large turnout of islanders and well-wishers from further afield on 11th September at the ceremony to mark the end of Lifeboat service from Aith Hope, Brims after 125 years, 93 of them from the Lifeboat house and slipway."  **

Nowadays the lifeboat and RNLI building are in the village of Longhope down at the pier.

The view back to Hoy from the museum.  Low cloud which started out as fog. Very typical Orkney weather.

Aith Hope, the body of water facing the Pentland Firth

John's arty photo of the pier slipway.

Red hot pokes at the road junction.    Photo: John


** Longhope Lifeboat website is here.

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