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Digital Subscriptions > Campbeltown Courier > 23rd June 2017 > Railwayman rescues 1951 sunken lifeboat

Railwayman rescues 1951 sunken lifeboat

‘Everything is in working order so now it’s about upgrading her’

A 66-YEAR-OLD former lifeboat which saved numerous lives and once rested on the bottom of the Crinan Canal now floats in Campbeltown harbour.

Campbeltown man Sean McCallum, 43, who works as a road rail operator, has spent the past four years painstakingly restoring Bassett Green to its former glory and, last weekend, it came ‘hame’ to Campbeltown.The Liverpool-class, twinscrew boat, built by Groves and Gutteridge in 1951, originally served Padstow until 1962 as the number two lifeboat, where she was launched 13 times and saved six lives, before being sent to Poole between 1962 and 1969, where she was launched 17 times, saving nine lives.

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