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Thomas Tunnock is officially named

Saturday 17 September 2016 will be a day long remembered in St Abbs. It was the day that we officially named our new lifeboat the “Thomas Tunnock”.

After a lot or hard work and the support of so many the big day was finally here. The weather couldn’t have been better and thousands of you came to see the lifeboat named.

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Boyd Tunnock officially named our lifeboat the “Thomas Tunnock”, in honour of his late brother and grandfather. As a small thank you to the Tunnock family we were honoured to present them with a commerative glass plate, kindly created for us by local artist Julia Linstead, with the inscription:

“St Abbs Lifeboat – ‘Thomas Tunnock’. Present to the Tunnock Family by a Grateful Community – 17th September 2017″

Scotland’s First minister also attended the launch and had these kind words to say:

We’d like to thank all our supporters, each of you have contributed into making this special day possible.

The Thomas Tunnock

On the evening of 28th July 2016, the whole village turned out to welcome the arrival of the new St Abbs lifeboat.
St Abbs Launch (5)The lifeboat had made its way to St Abbs by road trailer from the builders, Marine Specialized Technology of Liverpool. After being unwrapped, she was eased down the slipway and in to the water with the whole village cheering her on.
St Abbs Launch (3)A crew of Paul Crowe, David Wilson, Graeme Crowe and Keith Hood then took her out for a very quick run around the bay.
St Abbs Prep (2)Prior to that date, a lot of hard work had gone into preparing our lifeboat house to accommodate the new lifeboat.  As she was both longer and wider than the previous boat, modifications to the cradle had to be completed.
St Abbs Prep (4)Numerous measurements had to be taken, as well as a full template of the hull profile made, to ensure the boat and cradle matched up perfectly. It was a nervous wait to see if she would fit.
St Abbs Launch (4)Did she fit ? YES !! We were both pleased and relieved to see that the hard work had paid off and she fitted perfectly.St Abbs Launch (1)Over the next few months our crew were trained on how to operate and handle our impressive new lifeboat and all the new equipment.

Our lifeboat was built to satisfy the “Rescue Boat Code” standard, and our crew and committee continue to liaise closely with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to satisfy their criteria in maintaining Declared Facility Status.

Our new lifeboat was officially named the “Thomas Tunnock” by our major donor Sir Boyd Tunnock on September 17th 2016 in a traditional lifeboat naming ceremony. Thousands of people were able to join us to celebrate and it was a particularly memorable occasion.

Technical details of our lifeboat:

  • Name: Thomas Tunnock
  • Lifeboat 4Manufacturer: Marine Specialised Technology
  • Model: 900W
  • Crew: 4
  • Length LOA: 9 metres
  • Beam BOA: 3.05 metres
  • Beam internal: 1.95 metres
  • Draught: 0.7 metres or 1 metres to base of skegs at 100% fuel and 4 pax
  • Displacement approx.: 2600kg
  • Maximum speed: 40 kts (to be confirmed)
  • Fual capacity: 2 x 150 litres
  • Range approx.: 150 nautical miles (173 miles or 278 km)
  • Construction: Polyester Glass Reinforced Resin (GPR) construction using GRP protected marine ply under deck structure.
  • Engines: Twin OBM Mercury Optimax 200 HP units modified with PIRS (Post Immersion Restart System)
  • Survivor capacity: 12

If you would like to make a donation to St Abbs Lifeboat you can do it now on our Just Giving page

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Our new Lifeboat is being built

Thanks to the success of our Support St Abbs Lifeboat campaign, on 24th March 2016 we were able to announce that we have ordered our new lifeboat.

Lifeboat 2A rendering of our new lifeboat.

We’ve ordered a 900W Rigid Inflatable Boat from MST (Marine Specialised Technology Ltd) based in Liverpool. MST is the world’s leading provider of Rigid Inflatable and High Speed Workboats for military and professional use. They also build the RNLI’s E-Class Lifeboats.

“This is an ideal boat for the rescue work we are involved in at St Abbs and will increase the Search and Rescue capabilities along the Berwickshire Coast. We look forward to St Abbs coming back on station as an accredited SAR service…. The fundraising and hard work to achieve this continues on all fronts. Once we are in a position to do so, we will announce plans for delivery and launching of the service based around our traditional lifeboat day at the end of July.” – Alistair Crowe, Chairman of the St Abbs Lifeboat.

A lot of hard work went into selecting the right boat for the new St Abbs Lifeboat station. Back in January a small team visited MST, toured the factory and then took a run out on the Mersey in a demonstration craft. Our coxswains were very impressed with the performance and handling of the craft.

MST DemoOur Coxswain Paul Crowe takes the 900W demo craft out on the Mersey.

The make and model (MST 900W) of lifeboat we have ordered is also operated by Maryport Inshore Rescue Service (www.maryportrescue.co.uk). Back in January 2016 our fellow lifeboatmen in Maryport kindly showed a small group of us around their boat and station.

MaryportThe “E-ON Spirit of Maryport” operated by the Maryport Inshore Rescue Services.

Lifeboat 4Technical details of the new lifeboat:

  • Name: Thomas Tunnock
  • Manufacturer: Marine Specialised Technology
  • Model: 900W
  • Crew: 4
  • Length LOA: 9 metres
  • Beam BOA: 3.05 metres
  • Beam internal: 1.95 metres
  • Draught: 0.7 metres or 1 metres to base of skegs at 100% fuel and 4 pax
  • Displacement approx.: 2600kg
  • Maximum speed: 40 kts (to be confirmed)
  • Fual capacity: 2 x 150 litres
  • Range approx.: 150 nautical miles (173 miles or 278 km)
  • Construction: Polyester Glass Reinforced Resin (GPR) construction using GRP protected marine ply under deck structure.
  • Engines: Twin OBM Mercury Optimax 200 HP units modified with PIRS (Post Immersion Restart System)
  • Survivor capacity: 12

If you would like to make a donation to the new St Abbs Lifeboat you can do it now on our Just Giving page

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