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Lifeboat Disaster: Salvage

The Arbroath lifeboat turned over after being hit by a cross wave when approaching the Bar in darkness on Tuesday, October 27, 1953.

In daylight the boat could be seen, upturned on the rocks at the end of the breakwater with her coxswain still lashed to the wheel he had taken for his first operational trip on the boat. His body was recovered with those of the Harry Swankie, David Cargill and William Swankie. The bodies of Charles Cargill and Thomas Adams were found later on the West Links.

The marked and broken rocks behind the breakwater showed the battering the lifeboat had taken, mainly to the superstructure, when she had been swept across the rocks upside down. She was righted on Tuesday afternoon, floated and towed into the harbour.


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