Fraserburgh Lifeboat’s sister vessel, the Dunbar lifeboat ‘John Neville Taylor’ arrived in Fraserburgh last week, visiting the crew of the ‘Willie and May Gall’.
The lifeboat, which was refuelling after completing the first leg of its journey to Northern Ireland where it is to undergo a refit.
Both the Broch and Dunbar vessels are Trent class lifeboats.
Introduced to service in 1994, the Trent class lifeboat is an all-weather lifeboat operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) from 30 stations around the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland to provide coverage up to 50 miles (80 km) out to sea.
38 Trent class lifeboats have been built with 30 still active.
The Fraserburgh Lifeboat’s operational number, shown on the hull is 14-34, meaning that it is 14 metres long and was the 34th Trent class lifeboat to come on service. The Dunbar boat’s number is 14-35.
Coxswain Gary Fairbairn and his volunteer crew Mark Anderson, Alistair Punton, Iain McDougal, Alan Blair, Stuart Pirie and Gaz Crowe were greeted by Fraserburgh coxswain Victor Sutherland and mechanic Gipper Ainslie and had breakfast in the common room at the local station.
After a quick catch up with some of the Broch crew, they left just after 11am on their way to Thurso. They then had stops at Portree and Oban where another crew were to pick up the boat to take it to Northern Ireland.