About two hours sailing from Leith took the rohilla to the Bass Rock at the mouth of the Firth of Forth. The ship was travelling at 12 ½ knots and the weather was still fine.
Boat Drill was ordered as a normal routine at the start of the voyage. Everybody was called on deck and the crew took their allocated stations. All the lifeboats were swung out on their davits. One of them was lowered into the sea, then hoisted back on to the Boat Deck. Everything went smoothly and all the equipment was working satisfactorily. The Captain altered course to take them off St. Abb’s Head on the East Lothian coast, 25 miles to the south east.
Copyright © Ken Wilson 1981