Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust visit RNLI Queensferry
On Sunday 6 November 2016 RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat Station enjoyed a visit from members of The Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust.
The Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) based at Queensferry named Jimmie Cairncross was bequeathed to the station by James K. Cairncross upon his death. The new lifeboat arriving in Queensferry several years later in 2012 to replace the Atlantic 75 Inshore Lifeboat Donald & Ethel Macrae as she came to the end of her operational career.
Earlier in 2016 ILB Jimmie Cairncross underwent a full refit in Poole which included the addition of some new operational equipment, and so the visit offered the opportunity for the trustees to see the changes that had been made and learn a little about what these changes mean for the volunteer crew that operate the lifeboat.
The Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust have been generous supporters of RNLI Queensferry in recent years, and we were delighted to be able to present Alex Cairncross with one of the retired name plates from the lifeboat as a token of our gratitude and a memento of the vessel that has been helping us save lives at sea since it arrived on station.
Lifeboat Operations Manager David Smart said: “It was a pleasure to host Alex Cairncross and the trustees of the Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust on the afternoon of Sunday 6 November.
''We look forward to future visits from the trustees and would like to once again thank them on behalf of all at RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat Station for the incredible support they have and continue to give us.''
RNLI Media Contacts: Queensferry volunteer lifeboat press officer Bella on 07502 379438
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