Ina Murray’s work as a cleaner at the Steamboat Hotel in Lossiemouth

Steamboat Inn geograph © Copyright Ken Fitlike and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.Ina started work as a cleaner at the Steamboat Hotel in Lossiemouth in 1935 at the age of 14. Most of the hotel’s customers were Seine Net Fishermen. 

Later she worked at the Pneumonia ward at Spynie Hospital. Once she saved a woman’s life. The young woman was expecting a baby and she had pneumonia. She was in a cubicle by herself and Ina spoke to her every day as she cleaned around her room. The sick woman could not reply but Ina spoke to her anyway and told her she would come the next day. The patient’s eyes were open a little. The young woman told her later that Ina’s talking to her saved her life.

Memory contributed by Ina Murray, Elgin

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