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Port St Mary Lifeboat - Naming Ceremony

 

The Gough Ritchie II was officially named on Saturday 17th July 1999 at a ceremony attended by Lieutenant Governor Sir Timothy Daunt, Lady Daunt, who named the new lifeboat and top RNLI officials. Mr Neil Crowe, the Chairman of the Gough Ritchie Trust; Mr David Acland, vice president of the RNLI; Mr Ray Kipling, RNLI deputy director; Mr Clayton Love, RNLI; Lord Bishop Noel Jones, Rushen MHK Sir Miles Walker and Lady Walker and divisional inspector of lifeboats Mr Andrew Ashton were present. In addition there were a number of other local dignatories and the Lifeboats and their crews from Douglas and Port Erin also attended.

Captain David McKaig, accepting the lifeboat on behalf of the Port St Mary lifeboat station from Mr Acland, remembered the station's proud history and said: ' I have every confidence that, when the call comes, both the lifeboat and her crew will be equal to the demands placed upon them and the high standards and proud traditions of both this station and the RNLI will be maintained.'

14-26 dressed overall

The Champagne flows !

The Lord Bishop conducted a Service of Dedication for the new boat and its crew.

Sir Miles thanked the ceremony's participants ( a crowd of several hundred came on a day which had started cold and windy but became a bright fresh afternoon ) and also Rushen Silver Band and the Mariner's Choir for providing the music.

The Ceremony ended with Lady Daunt cracking the traditional bottle of champagne on the bows of the boat.

Then the Governor, Lady Daunt and a number of dignatories were treated to a short and lively sail around the Carrick Bay (a fresh southerly wind was blowing ) whilst a RAF Seaking from the Search and Rescue flight at RAF Valley first made a fly past and then conducted a winching exercise with Douglas Lifeboat.

Gough Ritchie II embarks dignatories

People who came to see the Lifeboat Naming

 

Fly past tribute by RAF SAR Seaking

Trip around the Bay for the Governor

The Trent class lifeboat was largely funded by the Gough Ritchie Trust, with a donation from the legacy of former Island resident Millicent Webb.

 

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( copyright Brian Kelly, PSM RNLI )