LOCHINVER - LERWICK - ABERDEEN 1995
During the period 8 - 28 September 1995 the Ramsay Dyce (ON 944) made a nostalgic and fund raising trip to the Lifeboat stations at which she had served. Starting on the 12 September in Lochinver (where she served from 1978 -1985); where the ALunga,@ the Ramsay Dyce=s successor remains in private ownership. The a long passage to Lerwick in the Shetland Islands where on arrival Coxswain Hewitt Clark, assisted in berthing and arranged an eventful afternoon out and about with the Arun Soldain. Hewitt took the Ramsay Dyce back to Small Dockr. She served as relief to the Claude Cecil Stainforth ( now resident in Ireland) and carried out two services with George Leith in 1977.
The journey then took via Ramsay Dyce via Kirkwall, Orkney to Buckie on the North Scottish coast.
On the 23 September at 0600 there was a shout from the top of the quay in Buckie. "No Zimmer frames or wheelchairs, may we come aboard". With this came four former members of the RNLI who had been the crew of the Ramsay Dyce at Aberdeen. Ian Jack, George Walker, William Couper and Albert Bird.
The Wheelhouse was soon taken over and after seven hours of endless stories and amusement a call was made to the Coastguard that the Ramsay Dyce was 2 miles north of Aberdeen. This was met with disbelieve by Rod McGilvery coxswain at Aberdeen. With a Southerly Force 7 and freshening winds two helicopters and the Arun Lifeboat ABP Forties@ came out to meet the Ramsay Dyce. After 20 minutes filming and dummy winching, passage was continued to Aberdeen. The Ramsay Dyce returned to her home station with BP Forties her direct successor behind. On the 24 September the Ramsay Dyce was open to the public.
Since being privately owned the lifeboat has rendered assistance on 5 occasions and helped to raise funds for the RNLI.