The Sir William Arnold RNLI vessel. Speaker Colin Trowles - 24 May
Built at Osbornes shipyard in Littlehampton in 1973, the Sir William Arnold is the second of 46 Arun class lifeboats built. She went on to serve her Channel Island station St Peter Port until 1997, when she was replaced by the more modern Severn class lifeboat. But when she went into service this prototype lifeboat was the fastest in the fleet at 19 1/2 knots and featured in many of the Lifeboat books of the time.
The lifeboat was responsible for saving 223 lives over her three decades and is one if not the most decorated lifeboats ever built, with fifteen gallantry medals being awarded to her coxswains and crews.
After three decades of lifesaving, the Sir William Arnold was retired and went on to have a number of private owners and undergo various changes of appearance and modification.
Since then this fine vessel has been lovingly restored to how she would have looked in her operational life and can now be found lying afloat in St Katharine Docks as a floating lifeboat museum. In this fascinating presentation, we talk about the design and developments of the lifeboat, some of the amazing rescues she was involved in and more recently the process of restoration of the Sir William Arnold.
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Date and time
Tue, 24 May 2022 23:00