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Stromness RNLI crew travel to Aran Islands to collect Relief Boat

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Stromness RNLI had quite a trip to collect a relief boat.

Two, Severn Class lifeboats, either side of a pontoon by a slipway

RNLI/Richard Clubley

RNLN Beth Sell in Inishmore
The volunteer crew of Stromness RNLI boat - Violet Dorothy and Kathleen - had a long journey, from Stromness to Inishmore in the Aran Islands, County Donegal, Republic of Ireland. Car, plane, plane, taxi, coach, shuttle bus, ferry to Inishmore and, finally, collection by the Inishmore RNLI coxswain for a lift to the B&B.

One could be forgiven, on this occasion, for using the term 'remote' to describe Orkney and Inishmore. As islanders we don't, normally, use the term. 'Remote from where?' we ask. 'This is the centre of our world so how can it be remote?' True, we are some distance from the large cities but we are connected.

In Norse times, of course, Orkney was at a great cross-roads in the sea-ways between Norway, Shetland, the east and west coast of Britain and the islands to the west, such as the Hebrides, Isle of Man, Ynys Mon and Inishmore. The Vikings would sail off west in the spring, after planting their crops, and return from their plundering to harvest in the autumn.

Having plundered the fish and chip shops of Killybegs and Mallaig, out crew have retraced a Viking route with RNLB Beth Sell - the relief boat - and shown, once again, just how connected we are.

Notes to editors

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