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St Abbs lighthouse keepers Bob Hughson and Dave Skinner with a home made windmill to charge wireless batteries
St Abbs lighthouse keepers Bob Hughson and Dave Skinner with a home made windmill to charge wireless batteries

On his weekly grocery van visit to St Abbs Head Signal Station in around 1930, Robbie Nisbet took this photo of lighthouse keepers Bob Hughson and Dave Skinner and their home-made windmill, which they used to charge their wireless batteries.

At the time, paraffin oil was a shilling a gallon for house lighting lamps, with lengths of wick, and candles were a penny each. Batteries had to be charged for the wireless set if you were lucky enough to have one.