President’s comments on Shipping in the Solway

Report on shipping in the Solway David Colin

Shipping on the Solway – Winter Lecture – by David Collin


On Thursday 25th September 2014, the Howff club hosted the first lecture of the Winter programme. Those who attended the last lecture by David in 2012 may have been forgiven for thinking that the subject would have to be something special to match the last lecture given on ‘the Prince of Denmark’ which recounted the building, sailing and adventures of a schooner and those who sailed on it, built in Kirkcudbright in the 18th Century. A full house were not disappointed when David embarked on a fascinating account of shipping on the Solway, the many ports and characters that sailed the high seas and coastal waters. Informative, at times hilarious, David’s lecture gave fascinating detail not only of times long past, cargoes, log entries but more current accounts of hapless sailors and oddball rescues which had the audience in kinks. At the end of the lecture we were given David’s first hand account of the infamous 1960’s murder at Ross Island Lighthouse which had as on the edge of our seat. David and his father inadvertently stumbling on a scene reminiscent of an Agatha Christie, Murder Mystery and Suspense novel. David, an accomplished sailor and historian, is a published author of several books on sailing and all things pertaining to Kirkcudbright.

Next Lecture will be held I the clubroom on 23rd October 2014 when Barry Graham will be giving a talk on Rhodesia.   All lectures start at 7.30pm prompt.

John Clark