Yup, it was much more interesting practicing ‘man overboard’, towing and emergency steering drills out here than on the Dee.A few hours passed by very quickly and once we’d let the ‘anchor handlers’ Mearsk Lifter and Havila Neptune pass by we headed in.Cars were rapidly adopted in the US, where they replaced animal-drawn carriages and carts, but took much longer to be accepted in Western Europe and other parts of the world.
Much of the early part of the day was spent on survival theory, hypothermia and lessons learned from the likes of the MV Lovat tragedy of 1975.
Anyway it’s tragedies like this that have improved training enforced legislation and hopefully made the sea a safer place, which is why I’m here now.
Typically enough, the day we were going out to sea was the worst day of the week, still mainly fine but not half as nice as yesterday on the river.
Cars did not become widely available until the early 20th century.
One of the first cars that was accessible to the masses was the 1908 Model T, an American car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company.
The Lovat was a coaster loaded with coal dust from Swansea destined for the power stations of England when she foundered some thirty miles off Lands End in severe January weather.