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SS Kinneil sinks

On this day in 1913

Bo’ness registered ship sinks: on 30th October 1913 a telegraph message was sent from Elsinore in Denmark advising the Lovart Steamship Co Ltd of Bo’ness, that their steamship Kinneil had been sunk in a maritime accident. The incident occured 45 miles west of the Skaw in the Baltic when it was in a collision with the steamer Denebola from Flensburg. The Kinneil had been bound for it’s home port of Bo’ness with a full cargo of pitwood from Vilajoki in Finland, while the Denebola, loaded with coal, was sailing from Blyth to Reval. All hands on board the Kinneil were rescued by the Denebola and landed at Elsinore safe and well.

close call in pit accident: 16 workers were involved in a close call when a pit cage crashed to the ground. The incident took place at the principal pit in Bo’ness, the Furnaceyard, owned and operated by the Kinneil Connel and Coking Coal Co Ltd. The cage , carrying four hutches of coal crashed to the bottom of the pit when the hauling rope broke. Only minutes before the accident 16 firement had been in the cage as it ascended to the top of the pit after they had completed their shift.

MBE recipient

On this day in 1963

ROYAl DATE: Linlithgow woman Jennie Scott travelled to Buckingham Palace this week to receive her MBE from the Duke of Edinburgh.

Glasgow overspill: Residents in Bo’ness were this week concerned that up to 600 houses could be built in the town if Bo’ness Town Council agreed to accommodate people from the city. Others hoped that an influx in the population would see a return of industry to the town.

Top HONOUR: Patrol leader Margaret Craig became the first member of the 1st Linlithgow Girl Guide Company to receive the Queen’s Badge in the local company’s 47 year history.

Prisoner’s escape: A prisoner, serving time at Saughton Prison, escaped from a potato-gathering squad at Park Farm in Linlithgow. He was on the run for two days before being caught in a field at Kincardine.

Scottish Cup: Linlithgow Rose beat Royal Albert 2-1 in the second round of the Scottish Junior Cup but neighbours Bo’ness lost out by four goals to two again Bellshill Athletic.

HILL CLIMB: Dunedin Cycling Club from Edinburgh came away with the honours at Bo’ness Cycling Club’s annual hill climb at Kinneil.

Graveyard vandalism

On this day in 1983

Cemetery damage: Over 20 headstones were toppled by vandals at Linlithgow Cemetery this week. The damage is estimated at around £500.

BUS WOES: Residents in Queensferry and Kirkliston were up in arms this week after the City of Edinburgh Council refused pleas for Lothian Region buses to service town’s and village on the city’s outskirts. They questioned why areas such as Balerno should get the maroon buses.

Increased parking: A plea for more parking space for coaches in Linlithgow was made by regional councillor Mel Gray this week to cope with the town’s ever-increasing tourist trade.

Service award: Kirkliston man Bill Smith received the Imperial Service Medal from the Queen for 32 years service at the Royal Elizabeth Dockyard, near Queensferry.

Prize Draw: Regent Motors in Linlithgow were offering a Ford Orion as first prize in a £1 draw.

Cup Draws: Both the Rose and Bo’ness were given so-called ‘easy’ ties in the second round of the Scottish Junior Cup. The Rose were paired with Rutherglen Glencairn while Bo’ness meet Islavale.

Brass band celebrate

On this day in 2003

bo’ness brass band celebrate: The UNISON Kinneil Brass Band celebrated a unique victory by winning the Whitburn Invitation Contest - for the third year in a row. On this occasion the band were told they could now keep the trophy rather than handing it back to be competed for in successive years.

traffic management caLL: West Lothian Council were being pressurised to resurrect a new traffic management policy for Linlithgow. Councillor Kerr urged Linlithgow Community Council as well as Linlithgow High Street Residents Association to turn up the heat on councillors before the problems spilled out of control. The former strategy plan adopted by the old district council had been shelved by the new Labour administration in 1997.

ROYAL MAIL CHANGE POST: Royal Mail announced that they were to change mail deliveries to the West Lothian area, including Linlithgow, Bo’ness and Queensferry to a single daily delivery. They advised customers who needed mail earlier than the new delivery time of before lunchtime that post could be collected from the sorting office after 8.30am.