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New format. The FoPL have recently started a YouTube channel where all the fade in/out videos will eventually be saved to. The videos on this website and on our Facebook page will still be there but as a link. This has been done because YouTue is designed for videos and it is easier to upload to, easier to search for and will allow for a library of videos.

1912, the new lifeboat inaugural launch.

This month’s fade-in video shows the launch of Guernsey’s new lifeboat on February 29th 1912. The boat was called “Arthur Lionel” and her RNLI number was ON 626. She is listed was being 35 feet (10.7m) and was driven y 12 oars and a sail. She replaced a slightly smaller 10 oared boat.

In 1881 the station relocated to Saint Peter Port Harbour’s Castle Emplacement with the Castle slipway being amended to suit lifeboat launches.

The type of boat has certainly changed; fibreglass & 35 knots replacing wood and 6 knots!

The buildings are marginally different but, overall, one of the eager crowd from 1912 would feel quite at home in the 2021 scenario.

Enjoy the video and many thanks to Priaulx Library for the original picture.


Click on this link to open in a separate window: https://youtu.be/kTp4D2qlh6c

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