THE ROCKET BRIGADE
When the RNLI took over control of the Aberdeen Lifeboat in 1925, it also took over the running of the city’s two rocket propelled Life Saving Apparatus teams, a unique arrangement as all other Rocket Brigades were run by HM Coastguard.
The team based at Footdee covered Northwards of the coastline from the River Dee and the Torry team covered Southwards.
The equipment was kept in handcarts and pushed to the scene of a stricken vessel from where rockets would then be fired with lines to the casualty and her crew would come ashore.
When the apparatus was closed down in 1962, it had been used seven times and had saved 57 lives for the loss of 3.
ABERDEEN R.N.L.I. LIFE‑SAVING APPARATUS ‑ SERVlCE LIST
NO. DATE NAME OF CASUALTY LIVES LOST SAVED UNIT BRIEF SERVICE DETAILS
001 02/06/1931 ‘”LOYAL FRIEND” of Lowestoft None 11 N Pier Stranded N side of Nav Channel. L/Boat service No 016.
002 18/01/1933 “BEN SCREEL” of Aberdeen None 10 Torry Stranded Girdleness. L/boat service No.021.
003 25/12/1935 “GEORGE STROUD” of Aberdeen 3 1 N Pier Stranded on N Pier. L/boat service No.035.
004 15/04/1945 “ALBERT VICTOR” of Faeroes None 5 N Pier Stranded on beach. L/boat service No.087.
005 22/05/1945 MGB 2007 None 1 Torry Stranded S side nav’n channel. L/boat service No.089.
006 21/01/1946 “SPUME” of Grimsby None 16 Torry Stranded in nav’n channel. L/boat service No.094.
007 23/09/1952 ”LOCH LOMOND” of Aberdeen None 13 N Pier Stranded on N Pier. L/boat service No.108.