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Glasgow Humane Society Lifeboat car – nice one

Nice surprise while wandering around Glasgow Green recently, the Glasgow Humane Society lifeboat car.

Reasonably sure I haven’t come across this before, but with my memory, who knows?

That thought’s added to by the registration number A2 OAR being attached to it, as I’m also sure I haven’t spotted that sitting around either.

Lifeboat Car [A2OAR]

Lifeboat Car [A2OAR]

Interesting – I thought it had suffered a flat tyre, meaning a grotty steel spare replaced the smart alloy as seen on the front, but… BOTH rears are steel.


June 12, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Lifeboat station sculpture

I wonder how many people pass by the lifeboat station of the Glasgow Humane Society and fail to notice the sculpture about one of the access doors?

It’s not exactly a high-profile location, nor is it particularly easy to spot, as the spot is littered with other odds and ends belonging to the station (there’s even some ‘classic’ cast-iron there, rescued from the street – but maybe another day), and since most folk wander around looking down at their phones in some sort of dumb trance, I doubt many see it.

It makes a change from usual stainless steel used for many such creations these days, as the plain old steel it’s been drafted from is weathering and rusting, and making it look completely different from those more usual shiny installations.

It’s a nice catch to make if in the area, and a shame to miss if passing nearby.

Clyde Sculpture

Clyde Sculpture

May 28, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

George Parsonage MBE

George Parsonage is viewed as a hero by many Glaswegians, and by those who owe their lives to both him and his family in days gone by.

Although he continued as as officer of The Glasgow Humane Society, he was forced to stand down from his rescue activities on the River Clyde some years ago, when that old favourite of the legal fraternity was dusted down and brought out for yet another airing, when he was told by the Police that they could no longer call on his services for Health & Safety reasons, as he normally operated alone, from his rowing boat, and operating alone meant that he had no backup if he himself was to get into trouble during a rescue. There was also a Government move at the same time, when the Fire Service became the Fire and Rescue Service, legally obliging it to carry out rescues.

At the time, the society was unable to afford another body to provide this backup, and the task of rescuing those in difficulty on/in the river has passed to the emergency services, as decreed. While they undoubtedly cover the majority of the area, the boathouse on Glasgow Green, George (and now also assistant) are still the place/people where anyone in the are of the Green turn to when an emergency arises, and they are still the first line when it comes to rendering assistance in their own area.

A small mention also for the society’s Ship’s Cats. Lucky Trainspotter joined in early 2007, and succeed Wee Tabix (the cereal killer), who was on board for 17 years. Both described as feral, so well able to look after themselves in Glasgow, especially if wandering around the Green!

The following video gives some insight into George Parsonage’s life and work:-

George Parsonage

A Life Saving Lives 

January 5, 2008 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , | 1 Comment


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