This lifebuoy made by Perrybouy to a design approved by the Board of Trade, was an essential aid for saving lives at sea. Attached to a line, this floatation ring, could be thrown from the side of a ship to rescue anyone who fell overboard. It came from the Training Ship Dolphin that was birthed in Leith Docks between 1944 and 1977. This served as a floating school where cadets and deck boys could gain first hand experience for working at sea. The Dolphin was originally a three-masted auxiliary barque, commissioned at Sheerness in 1884. It saw active service in the Mediterranean and Sudan and was later used as a depot ship in Portsmouth. Relocated to Leith in 1928, it was modified as a Merchant Navy training ship with accommodation for 50 cadets. No longer required for this purpose she was scrapped in 1977.
120 x 780mm (4 3/4" x 2' 6 11/16")
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