Sea Cadets create WWI animation for national tour

Sea Cadets produce their own animation.
Sea Cadets produce their own animation.

Fraserburgh Sea Cadets have produced an animation telling the story of a 1915 lifeboat rescue which is due to feature in a national exhibition.

The Sea Cadets created the animation last weekend with the support of four professional animators who visited the cadets at their base in Sandhaven.

Andy Barker, Jude Cowgill, and Paul and Rory Fitzgerald from the production company “I made this” travelled north and met officers Rob McGinley, Lauren Ward, John Craig and Craig Trail of Fraserburgh Sea Cadets Unit.

The producers then worked with nine cadets to complete the production.

The cadets were tasked with creating an animation telling the near century-old story of how the Fraserburgh lifeboat saved the 14 crew of a Belfast steamer.

The First World War had been raging for a year when Fraserburgh received its first motorized lifeboat in the summer of 1915. It had been gifted by a grateful father whose daughter, the Countess of Rothes, survived the sinking of the Titanic.

Only four days after the naming ceremony attended by thousands at Fraserburgh Harbour the new lifeboat, which had been named the Lady Rothes, was launched on its first errand of mercy.

The Glenravel, a cargo ship, was intercepted and sunk by a German submarine 15 miles North by North West of Fraserburgh. The crew had been set adrift on the Glenravel’s own lifeboat.

The story attracted the attention of the co-ordinators of a RNLI World War 1 project initially entitled Hope in the Great War.

The RNLI WWI project is an Arts Council funded project which will result in a UK exhibition.

The exhibition will focus on the work of the RNLI during WWI and feature five stories from around the country.

The Fraserburgh lifeboat’s rescue of the crew of the Glenravel has been chosen as one of the five to be featured, and the sea cadets were chosen to work with professional animators for the project.

Commanding Officer of the Fraserburgh Sea Cadets Craig Trail said: “We are excited to be working alongside the RNLI to produce a short animation about this heroic act to save the lives of the crew on the SS Glenravel during WWI.

“The cadets have been busy learning all about what happened on that day, spending many hours researching the rescue in the local library.

“Working with the cadets on this project has helped to highlight to everyone the danger people faced, even up in this corner of Scotland during WWI.”