As a preventative measure, Rosslare Harbour lifeboat crew heads out beyond the Wexford Harbour Bar when the weather is bad and the fishing fleet are out. But they need a way to contact shore to hear if there are any calls for help. As a result, they become the first lifeboat to have wireless radio installed onboard.
The technology, designed for ships’ lifeboats and fitted with a watertight casing and arm sleeve, is tested as the new Watson class lifeboat makes her way from the Isle of Wight boatyard to the Wexford coast.
The novelty of being able to call a wireless station 85 miles away clearly isn’t that exciting. The District Inspector on the sea trial is much more moved by the crew’s inventive onboard cooking: ‘I do not think there is anything of interest to record except perhaps that fried sausages and tea were enjoyed on the passage … cooked in the lid of a biscuit-tin slung over the funnel.’