Official naming ceremony of Troon’s new inshore lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Today (Saturday 12 May 2018) at 2pm Troon’s new D class inshore lifeboat Sheena was named in an official naming ceremony at the lifeboat station.

D Class inshore lifeboat D-821 Sheena

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D Class inshore lifeboat D-821 Sheena

The cost of Troon’s new D Class inshore lifeboat has been funded by the legacy of Miss Sheena Farmer.

Miss Farmer had been a strong supporter of charities during her lifetime and was particularly fond of both the Erskine Hospital and the RNLI. She was never one for the limelight or drawing attention to herself.

As an unmarried lady working for Strathclyde Regional Council until her retirement Miss Farmer was a very private woman but had varied interests in rural affairs, reading, arts & crafts and the Scottish Ballet.

Invited guests joined the volunteer crew, fundraisers, shop volunteers and members of the Lifeboat Management Group at the ceremony which was led by John Steel, Chairman of the Troon Lifeboat Management Group who welcomed the guests and opened proceedings. The inshore lifeboat was handed over to the care of RNLI by Isabel Ewing, a representative of the donor, and was accepted into the RNLI by Roger Lockwood, Chair of the RNLI Scottish Council.

David Shaw, Lifeboat Operation Manager at Troon then accepted the lifeboat on behalf of the crew before the Rev David Prentice-Hyers led the Service of Dedication.

Following the official naming of the lifeboat by Isabel Ewing the ceremony was brought to a close by John Steel.

The inshore lifeboat then launched and gave a short demonstration of the boats capabilities to the assembled guests

Following the ceremony Coxswain Joe Millar said ‘The naming ceremony and service of dedication is a very special occasion for our lifeboat station and we are grateful to the legacy of Miss Sheena Farmer. Since the lifeboat went on service on the 26 April it has already been launched on 3 occasions.’

Lifeboat Operations Manager David Shaw added ‘With a top speed of 25 knots, the D Class is highly manoeuvrable inshore lifeboat and can access areas inaccessible to our Trent class all-weather lifeboat. She comes into her own for rescues in shallow water and amongst rocks.’

RNLI Media Contacts: Andrew Limond, volunteer lifeboat press officer at Troon, 01292 314414 lifeboattroon@gmail.com

Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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John Steel, Chairman of the Troon Lifeboat Management Group who welcomed the guests and opened proceedings

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Isabel Ewing, representing the donor Miss Sheena Farmer

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David Shaw, Lifeboat Operation Manager at Troon accepted the new lifeboat on behalf of the crew

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Roger Lockwood, Chair of the RNLI Scottish Council

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Isabel Ewing, representing the donor Miss Sheena Farmer, names the lifeboat 'Sheena'

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