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Tribute memorial

By bonniescot    
On March 7th 1969 the Longhope lifeboat was lost with all hands while attempting to rescue a Liberian registered cargo ship, the 2000 tonne Irene, with seventeen crew. The Irene lost power and was drifting in the Pentland Firth in a force 9 gale.
The Lifeboat TGB was launched with its eightcrew aboard including two fathers each with two sons. She was seen by Pentland Skerries lighthouse keepers at 9.30pm then disappeared. It was discovered she had capsized when her upturned hull was spotted early the next afternoon. The TGB was towed, still upside down, into Scrabster harbour by another lifeboat. Seven of the eight crew were found inside her. The body of assistant mechanic Jim Swanson was never found.This memorial designed by Ian Scott on North Ronaldsay was erected over their graves.

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