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Did this boat belong to the late JMF Groat many years ago?
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Picture added on 06 November 2008
That looks like the Singalee that my uncle Arnold Grieve did up in the early 1960's. A present from JMF Groat to his daughter and son-in-law. He made a lovely job of doing it up but he stored it at Hatston in a shed during the winter and some thieves got in and stole the brass and spoilt it so he sold it after that.
Added by Beryl Simpson on 06 November 2008
Added by Jim-m on 06 November 2008
She certainly looks like John M F's boat that used to lie on the beach in front of the shop, alongside the Von Reuter. They both came from the German fleet scuttled in the Flow.
Added by Fred Johnston on 06 November 2008
Yes Allan, she was in one of Groat's sheds when I first worked there and then the late Arnold Grieve refurbished her and installed a Ferguson engine.
Added by Stewart Taylor on 06 November 2008
First thing to say is I think the name was spelt with a C not an S now you all know that I cant spell!!, and yes she was part of the Groat Empire! dont know if she was part of the German Navy like the Von Reuter.
I remember her lying at the point o the ness, until Arnold Greive took her to Kirkwall did her up and fitted a Fergie diesel engine. He had her for some time, after that I think she went to Burray.
Added by John Budge on 06 November 2008
I was also never very good at spelling and you're right John it should be a "C"
Think I just watched far too much TV and didn't do much reading as a bairn.
Anonymous comment added on 07 November 2008
John you are correct the name does indeed start with a C. My father sold the boat to Bob Cross of Kirkwall around 1979 / 1980. Mr Cross I believe sold the boat to a Mr Middleton who stayed in Burray at that time.
As far as I know the present owner is John Grieve of Kirkwall
Added by George Grieve on 07 November 2008
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