Robert Mason of Florida wanted a version of William Atkin's Rescue Minor, an unusual powerboat designed in the 1940's that features a tunnel hull. The Free Church then had to find ways of providing churches, manses and schools in a situation where many local landlords refused to grant the new church land to build. These smashing photographs were the shortlist for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s recent My Coast photo competition. The My Coast photography competition sponsored by Epson was launched in September last year; photographers were asked to capture what the coasts of UK and Ireland meant to them.
It coincided with the launch of the Courage on our Coasts photography book and exhibition, which toured the country and showcased the photography of volunteer lifeboat crew member and professional photographer Nigel Millard. Have you got news for us?If what you're doing is like the things you read about here - please write and tell us what you're up to.


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Our Faversham-based friend Alan Thorne can help with boatbuilding projects - constructing to plans in very tidy stitch-and-glue or more traditional techniques. In winter, the hearers came from a distance of eight or nine miles, and in summer from a still wider circuit. Subscriptions were raised, the floating church with a design capacity of 400 was built at a Clyde shipyard at a cost of ?1400 by Robert Brown of Fairlie, and the vessel was towed to Loch Sunart and finally moored 150 yards from the shore, at a respectful distance from Riddell’s living room window.


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The Patronage Act of 1712 allowed the local landowner to choose the minister of a church, and this is said to have led to a schism in which almost 500 ministers left the Church of Scotland General Assembly to form the Church of Scotland Free, later renamed the Free Church of Scotland.
Even in summer, when all was calm, it was a tedious operation, and not infrequently darkness was settling in before all were again on shore.



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