Out for an autumn cruise this afternoon was the former 'Clyde' class 70-foot steel lifeboat GRACE RITCHIE. Formerly named GRACE PATERSON RITCHIE, this attractive little vessel was built forty years ago, at Yarrow's shipyard at Scotstoun. One of three similar lifeboats built for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, she now resides at Largs Marina, and has been maintained in almost original condition by her owners over the years. She was stationed at Kirkwall from 1968 for a twenty year spell, before spending several years working for the Icelandic Life Saving Association, based at Reykjavik. She returned home in 2002.