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Lough Erne Sea Plane Tenders To Feature on BBC NI Newsline Tonight

2nd January 2021
Working on the wing of a seaplane on Lough Erne Working on the wing of a seaplane on Lough Erne

Lough Erne Yacht Club on the Lower Lough is situated about six miles north of Enniskillen on Goblusk Bay and occupies a former WW2 RAF site built in 1941 for Catalina Flying Boats. It has the enviable facility of being able to use the former slipway, moorings and hangar for members' sailing boats, power boats and caravans. The hangar provides unique winter storage for boats of all sizes.

Seaplane on Lough Erne

The history surrounding the Sunderlands and Catalinas stationed at Castle Archdale on Lough Erne and particularly the tenders which serviced them during the war is understood to be part of BBC 1 NI Newsline at 1810 hrs tonight (2nd).

In a post on the BBC NI App Louise Cullen writes about two Fermanagh men who have made models of the seaplane tenders; Seamus Gormley, a retired builder and Fred Ternan of Lough Erne Heritage. She also talks to one of the last pilots of the tenders, Alan Henson who was stationed at Castle Archdale in the mid Fifties.

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down.

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