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Diciadain, 21/Apr/2010

Gemini Endeavour visits Islay

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When I was in Port Ellen on Thursday evening I didn't only visit the Islay Hotel site. I also had a look around the harbour where I caught up with the latest from Elliott of Islay Shipping (who was busy with the barley boat). While at the harbour I spotted an interesting visitor to Islay, a probably unique boat, a former lifeboat, the Gemini Explorer:

Picture of a converted lifeboat in the evening sun

I think I first heard of this (I believe unique) boat when researching some background about the Ramsay Dyce and her visit to Islay. The boat is the Severn Class No 1, ‘designed as the forerunner of the class and used as a proving and training lifeboat.’ She has retained all the RNLI features and capabilities while a few more have been added (in particular for diving). Normally based in Buckie on the Moray Firth she must have made the long journey to Islay recently.

Picture of a converted lifeboat at a marina pontoon

She is now owned by Gemini Marine Charters, on their website you'll find an overview, the specifications and a picture gallery. Someone mentioned she was working somewhere off Portnahaven, but I'm not sure on what.

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