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Stratheliot ashore at Salwick Hoy
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Stratheliot ashore at Salwick Hoy

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Picture added on 27 January 2008
You can still see the boiler from Ness.
Added by William Watters on 29 January 2008
Requisitioned in March 1915 and converted to minesweeper. Returned to owners, 1919. Requisitioned in January 1940 and converted to D/L. Converted to an armed patrol vessel in September 1940. Converted to a store carrier, 1942. Returned to owners, 1946. IN 1946, owned by David Wood and others, in 1949 owned by Clova Fishing Co. Ltd. Ran ashore on Taing of Selwick, Hoy Sound on 23 October 1952. Also took 285 French troops from Dunkirk.
Added by William Watters on 30 January 2008
A year or two ago a yacht came into Longhope skippered by a man who I thought was not the usual yaty type. Saying to him, hiv yae been here afore, he replied, I have indeed I was rescued from the Stratheliot by the Coastguards, or the LSA as they were then known.

I was able to inform him that one of that team was our father and that the rescue done that night still holds the record as the longest breches bouy rescue ever done in the UK.
It was a bitter cold night with snow showers and very strong wind. The LSA men soon realised that ther hawser was too short to reach the wreck so another was brought over to Hoy by the Stromness Lifeboat and joined to that of the Longhope and Hoy team's one.
The rescue took all night and still the Longhope team had a 25 mile journey on the back o Wully Donald's lorry before getting home. Faither said he was never so cowld in all his life and spent two days in bed after it.

I gave the man on the yacht a copy of the photos you see above, he told me he was only 14 at the time and I think he may have been on the wheel at the time as they were dodging the weather and waiting to get in through Hoy Soond to get some shelter.
Added by John Budge on 31 January 2008
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