SEA BREEZES JULY 2011 • VOL 85 • NO. 7867
The front cover of the June issue of Sea Breezes was the dramatic painting by Robert Lloyd of British India Steam Navigation Company’s Dara on fire off Dubai in 1961.
Although I credited the artist, I should also have credited Captain I G Tew who originally commissioned the painting and owns it. The painting in fact formed the frontispiece of his book Salvage a Personal Odyssey which we reviewed in Sea Breezes some time ago and indeed made it our “Book of the Month”. Interestingly Captain Tew was the Junior Cadet on the Dara.
In the February 2011 issue of Sea Breezes I criticised the proposals by the Shipping Minister, Mike Penning to reduce the number of full time Coastguard stations around the UK coast from 18 to 8. Scotland, with its long coastline, could have ended up with only one full time station – at Aberdeen. It seems a bout of common sense has broken out and that some of the stations previously earmarked for closure will now be reprieved. This change of mind may owe much to the sheer volume of protests against the cuts, but it is nonetheless welcome.
I await with interest the final revised proposals.
Captain Hamish A C Ross (Editor)