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Old 10 December 2004, 15:45   #1
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Help Needed on Proposed Restoration

Hi All

A stab in the dark on this one, but if you don't ask you will never know.

Although I like my ribs, I have had a boy hood dream for a few years. (No comments required about my dreaming habits please).

As a kid I once saw an RNLI "A" Class McLachlan life boat at sea - it looked awesome in the way it cut through the waves etc. When older I actually got chance to drive one that had been taken out of service, and it definitely was awesome.

My dream is to obtain an old "A" Class and restore it to it's former glory, and then have a bit of fun with it.... they were introduced in the seventies (I think) and withdrawn in the eighties making way for the better Atlantics etc.

Now the help that I need;

1. Does anybody know of one for sale, or indeed the location of an old one begging for restoration?

2. Has anybody worked on these boats or have knowledge or plans of them?

3. Does anybody have photographs of these boats either at sea or ashore - I have had some sent to me via a friend who got them from the RNLI poole, but there are only five photos in their archives.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, even though it isn't a rib...

Many thanks in anticipation.

Bob
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Old 10 December 2004, 15:53   #2
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Sorry, forgot to add a photograph;

Copyright RNLI Poole (With authority) sorry it's not very big

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Old 10 December 2004, 16:13   #3
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sorry to be no help but you are not alone if i won a large amount of money
i would by a ex rother class don,t know why just love the shape as only 14 were build they are a bit good

Below is a list off all 14 lifeboats in the "Rother" class.

O/No. Built. Boat No. Name.Stations.

998 1972 37-27 Osman Gabriel. Port Erin 73-92. Relief 92-93.
999 1973 37-28 Diana White Sennen Cove 73-91. Relief 91-92.
1000 1973 37-29 Mary Gabriel Hoylake 74-90. Rhyl 90-92.
1022 1973 37-30 Harold Salveson Amble 74-86. Relif 86-92. Rhly 92.
1023 1974 37-31 J.Reginald Corah Swanage 75-92.
1024 1974 37-32 The Hampshire Rose Walmer 75-90. Relief 90-92.
1046 1977 37-33 Silver Jubilee (CS No.38) Margate 78-91. Relief 91-93.
1046 1977 37-34 Horace Clarkson. Moelfre 77-87. Relief 87-93
1047 1976 37-35 Alice Upjohn. Dungeness 77-92. Relief 92-95.
1054 1979 37-36 Shoreline Blyth 79-82. Arbroath 82-93.
1063 1982 37-37 Duke of Kent Eastbourne 79-93. Relief 93-94.
1063 1982 37-38 Princess of Wales. Barmouth 82-92. Relief 92-93.
1064 1981 37-39 The Davys Family Shoreham 81-86. Relief 86-94.
1068 1982 37-40 James Cable. Aldeburgh 82-93. Relief 93-94.

am i sad i keep this stuff on my pc

try the following site they seem to be the ex life boat seller may have some information http://www.nelsonsboats.co.uk/ListBoats.html


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Old 11 February 2011, 08:38   #4
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A Class Lifeboat

Was just wondering if you ever had any joy tracking down one of the cracking little boats?

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