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Captain Watson of the Ailsa
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Captain Watson of the Ailsa

This is a wonderful picture of Captain Watson of the Ailsa. No date is currently available for this picture.

Picture added on 01 January 2003
I have a clipping from "The Nairnshire Telegraph" re John Watsons death in 1944. My fathers folk were Watson and Finalysons. Watsons lived at 70 Big Vennel until the early 1960s. The last one being Annie Fraser, my fathers aunt.
Added by Min Walker on 06 May 2003
This is my Great Granda! Does anybody know where the Ailsa is now?
Added by Craig Simms on 20 February 2005
Craig - The Ailsa was sold to someone in the Orkney Islands just before the outbreak of WW2. What work she did after leaving Cromarty, I don't know. If any seafaring Orcadian looking at this web site who knows anything of the vessel, in Orkney, after 1939, I'd be pleased to hear from them.
Added by Clem Watson on 01 June 2005
Clem, it may be worth posting one of your pictures of the Ailsa on the Orkney Image Library site to see if it stirs any memories.
Added by Andrew Bathie on 01 June 2005
Thanks Andrew, I'll do that!
Added by Clem Watson on 02 June 2005
From "Days of Orkney Steam" by Alastair & Anne Cormack, we read that Ailsa was purchased in May of 1938 by John Laird of Burray to replace Sutors, a vessel he had bought from Cromarty in 1925. Ailsa was requisitioned on the outbreak of war, but still released for civilian duties on certain days. In 1943 she was completely taken over by the Admiralty and is reported to have been used in the Normandy landings. Her final fate is not recorded.
Added by Ronald A Stewart on 27 April 2007
Hey Clem, email me at joelmason60@hotmail.com and I'll send you the beginning of the play I started writing about your grandfather and the wreck of the Enterprise
Added by Joel Mason on 06 June 2012
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Interview with Clem Watson

Lilla Marras (Cromarty Lifeboat) at BroughtyFerry Albert Watson - c1968Lifting Tatties - c1955Big VennelThe Ailsa