Boys, John and George Vass, Shandwick, took a ship’s boat from Balintore harbour and put to sea in a westerly direction. By the King’s Sons buoy they had lost their mast and mainsail over the side but managed to recover it. The tide was fast flowing and darkness was falling, the tide began to ebb and they were carried towards the Moray coast. At the break of day they were spotted off Nairn and rescued. Their parents had telegraphed every port along the coast to look out for them, Nairn let the parents know the boys were safe and when the ‘fare’ was telegraphed on they were put on a train for Fearn none the worse for the adventure. The boat is still at Nairn harbour.