RNLI crew get their hands on new lifeboat

The Shannon class boat goes into the water
The Shannon class boat goes into the water
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Scarborough's RNLI volunteers got to try out a new Shannon class vessel ahead of their new boat's arrival later this year.

On a misty day, the crew put the boat through its paces as construction work continued behind them on the new lifeboat house.

Inspecting the boat

Inspecting the boat

Scarborough’s new Shannon lifeboat is set to arrive on November 27.

The £2m boat has been funded by donations from the FW Plaxton Charitable Trust.

The trust was set up following the death of Frederic “Eric” Plaxton to ensure that the proceeds of his estate be applied to charitable purposes for the benefit of the inhabitants of Scarborough in memory of his father.

Frederick William Plaxton was the founder of Scarborough-based coach building firm Plaxton Ltd, and the new lifeboat will be named in his memory.

Taking a closer look

Taking a closer look

The Shannon lifeboat is the first modern RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets and not propellers.

Capable of 25 knots, the Shannon is 50 per cent faster than the lifeboats it replaces.

The Shannon needs a bespoke launch and recovery system. It is designed to be mostly launched and recovered from a beach, but can’t do it without the right launching equipment.

The RNLI has developed a system capable of launching and recovering the Shannon lifeboat from the beach at all states of tide.

On the tractor

On the tractor

The total cost of the launch and recovery system is £1.5m. Scarborough RNLI’s will be part-funded by two legacies. An appeal raised the remaining £200,000. Any monies raised above the appeal target will be used for the general running cost of the lifeboat station.

Heading out to sea

Heading out to sea