Scarborough's Old Lifeboat Leaves Town
2:06pm 10th January 2017
After a quarter of a century’s faithful service, Scarborough RNLI’s old all-weather lifeboat left for good this morning.
The Mersey-class Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs sailed off in bright sunshine, with coxswain Lee Marton at the helm.
The other crew were Paul Huggins, Keith Eade, Matt Jones, George Whitlow and Sam Baker.
As volunteers, they have each devoted many years of their lives to saving lives at sea aboard the Mersey, which they regard as an old friend. So their final journey on it was inevitably tinged with affection and sadness.
They took the Mersey to Bridlington, to be lifted onto a low-loader truck and transported to RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset, by road.
The Mersey has been succeeded by the Shannon-class Frederick William Plaxton, which is the 19th all-weather lifeboat to be stationed at Scarborough over the last 215 years.
Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather Shannon-class lifeboat Frederick William Plaxton came into service on 19 December 2016.
It took over from the Mersey-class lifeboat Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs, which after 25 years’ service had reached the end of its operational life.
The £2m Shannon lifeboat was 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 has been named in his memory.