Gourdon Lifeboats

“Call Out”
The History of the Gourdon Lifeboats (RNLI) 
1878 – 1892 The Young George Irlam                                            Coxswain: James Moir
                                                                                                               Coxswain: David Lownie
Relief Lifeboat
1892 – 1915 Theophilus Sidney Echalez                                       
Coxswain: John Ritchie
                                                                                                               Coxswain: Alexander Anderson
                                                                                                               Coxswain: James Moir
                                                                                                               Coxswain: John Cargill
1915 – 1936 Moss                                                                              Coxswain: Charles Moir
                                                                                                              Coxswain: George Milne
1936 – 1952 Margaret Dawson                                                       Coxswain: George Milne
                                                                                                              Coxswain: William Cargill
                                                                                                               Coxswain: John G. Souter
1952 – 1969 Edith Clawson Thue                                                    Coxswain: John G. Souter
                                                                                                               Coxswain: James Dorward
                                                                                                               2nd Coxswain: Roy Souter

The Gourdon lifeboat station opened in 1878 and closed in 1969 after 91 years of service to the “Wild and Rocky Coast” of Kincardineshire.

The Kincardineshire coastline is now serviced by the RNLI lifeboats from Montrose and Aberdeen. 

Service and Rescue
The Young George Irlam 1883 – 1892 saw the shortest period of service  
The Gourdon inshore surf boat Maggie Law saw service from 1890 – 1930 and saved 36 lives.

Built by James (Jeems) Mowatt, commissioned and maintained by the fishermen of Gourdon.
The Theophilus Sidney Echalez 1892 - 1919, had the longest period of service on station, and had the highest number of rescues.

This panel is dedicated to the invaluable heritage contribution made by Roy Souter, who meticulously transcribed and preserved the records of the Gourdon Lifeboats, for the book “Call Out” which is a complete and detailed account of the service records of the Gourdon Lifeboats
from 1878 – 1969.

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