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Athenia Lifeboat

Used as tang boat and later made into a "Bottie Hoose".
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Picture added on 03 January 2009
Comments:
I'm confused/intrigued. What's the story here? How did the lifeboat end up in Orkney?
Added by Karl Stephen on 08 January 2009
there was two lifeboats on the shingle beach at the station. I broke up one at the fishmart slip in 1951. I was convinced by dad JOCK STOUT the stronsay baker that it was the the lifeboat from the SS ATHENIA torped by the U30. THERE COULD STILL BE SOME OF THE DAVIT HOOKS AT THE BACK OF THE BAKEHOUSE- food for thought!!!
Added by Erlend Stout on 11 January 2009
See picture #1728. I guess that this is the Bottie Hoose or as I used to call it - the upturned boat!
Added by Barbara on 17 January 2009
Re. Karl's comment there were 2 ATHENIAS of the Donaldson line both torpedoed off Inishtrahull Ireland, one in 1917 with the loss of 15 lives the other 3rd Sept 1939 with the loss of 128 lives taken from Donaldson shipping records.

ARE THERE ANY MORE PHOTOS FROM A DIFF ANGLE PERHAPS FROM THE SANDY WYLIE COLLECTION WHICH SHOWS THE TWO LIFEBOATS LYING SIDE BY SIDE. MORE TO INVESTIGATE
Added by Erlend Stout on 22 January 2009
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Stronsay

Barrier number threeFinstown from WidefordOpposite the Police Station, LonghopeQueen Street, StromnessLizzie Ann Thomson Smith (nee Wilson)Annie Shearer Grayson, StronsayMystery personAnnie Shearer Grayson, StronsayMystery ladiesMystery workers