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The recent articles in the media stating that there is to be a bridge built between Renfrew and Yoker gave me an excuse to think of the adventures we have had at the Renfrew Ferry.

Renfrew is the furthest that I have travelled downriver to carry out a rescue. A woman fell in late one night, a call from Force Control, pulling on clothes as I raced downstairs, boat on trailer onto the waiting car, blues and twos to Renfrew. On route we were informed that the woman was hanging onto one of the posts of the south piers at the Ferry (we always launch on the south side anyway) Boat launched, rowed out, grabbed the woman, and straight into the boat and straight to the bank and the waiting Ambulance. She was OK

They weren’t always that lucky. One man was so drunk that he drove his car down the Yoker slipway onto the ferry and straight off the other end into deep water. It took hours to recover the car and his body...

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I have a connection with several Universities and Colleges and indeed spent a complete day with Glasgow University earlier this year looking after their Boat Race against Edinburgh.

Last weekend however was spent almost entirely with Strathclyde University as they had their Fresher’s (Newcomers) down Saturday and Sunday...

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The Fédération Française de Sauvetage et de Secourisme is pleased and proud to welcome lifesavers from all around the world at the 2014 RESCUE which will be held in France, from September 13-26.

The above headline on the International Lifesavers web site caused me to think that a little known piece of Glasgow Humane Society history should be opened to a wider audience...

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I drink Lipton’s Tea, I like Lipton’s Tea, I have a “directors” chair with Lipton’s Tea on it. I like the story of the man who was born and brought up in the Gorbals (The family lived in a four room tenement at 10 Crown Street, Hutchesontown ) opposite Glasgow Green and who used to come down to the Park and sit with the “Cronies” at the Glasgow Humane Society boathouse and learn about boat building and boat handling...

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During the past few years schoolboys from the rowing clubs have carried out tasks at the Glasgow Humane Society towards their Bronze Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Pupils from Hutchesons’ Grammar School, St Aloysius College and Glasgow Academy have assisted GHS with community work, maintenance and safety work as part of their ‘Volunteering’ aspect of the D of E Award scheme.

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The magazine “the Lifeboat” will be returning to your screens soon, but we are also going to send you going to send you “Tales of the Riverman” which we hope you enjoy.

The following extract is from the Glasgow Humane Society Historical details of boats, written around 1990
“Razor”

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