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I think this is a Ringnetter, owned by Eric Mowat, pictured here before the war, and the vessel about to give her a tow down the beach is maybe the Hoy Head,
I believe Eric owned more than one such boat- maybe someone will know better than me as "am only a boy"!!
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Picture added on 02 March 2008
Would this be the "Ringdove"? Eric had another as well, can't remember a name.
Eric was in the Naval Reserve and was called to service along with his boat. I have heard that he went to Portsmouth, a crewman went along with him but cant remember who- that was only fireside tales as I am too YOUNG!! to remember.
Added by John Budge on 02 March 2008
I don't think the towing vessel is the Hoy Head John, as I'm pretty sure that she didn't have a main mast. It could have been one of Metals tugs.
From the depths of my mind, which is not very deep, as you are well aware, I seem to recall that Eric's boat, was called the "Ilene". He spent part of the war down in the Solent, as a tender for the fleet, but I don't know if it was with the boat in the picture.
Johnny Pottinger will probably know, as he served with Eric for a while.
After the war, Eric had a Zulu called the "Ringdove", but she had no wheelhouse.
Added by Fred Johnston on 03 March 2008
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