Invergordon RNLI pay tribute to 9,500 names on anniversary of lifeboat arrival

Lifeboats News Release

In November 2020 the new Shannon class lifeboat entered the Cromarty Firth for the first time, arriving at Invergordon at 13:37 a fitting tribute to the numbers on her hull, to begin her operational life, but she didn’t arrive alone, she carries 9500 names of supporters loved ones on her decals.

Placing of the Wreath

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

Placing of the Wreath
Today, Monday 1st November, marks the one-year anniversary of the Shannon class ‘RNLB Agnes AP Barr’ (RNLI 13-37) arrival and the crew gathered by the full decal sign, which is an exact replica of her hull numbers, complete with all the names on the RNLI’s first Launch a Memory campaign to show their respect and thanks for the support shown to them over the first year on station.

At 1337 today we remembered all those whose names who have been carefully placed on to the side of the lifeboat with a placing of wreath by Invergordon RNLI coxswain Andrew Murray at the base of the RNLI 13-37 sign, with several members of the volunteer crew standing by on both Port and Starboard sides to mark their respect, which was followed by a minute’s silence.

Coxswain Andrew Murray said “We thought this would be an apt way to remember those who sail with us, those who are remembered by their family and friends and a gesture of thanks for our supporters who have been amazing through the tough times we have all experienced over the last 18 months.

All at Invergordon are working hard to bring a Visitor Experience to the station to our supporters which will enable station visits and tours and the prospect of a virtual tour for those who cannot visit, which we hope will be in place in early 2022.

13-37 Rememberance Starboard

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

13-37 Rememberance Starboard
13-37 Rememberance Port

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

13-37 Rememberance Port
13-37 Rememberance

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

13-37 Rememberance
13-37 Rememberance

RNLI/Michael MacDonald

13-37 Rememberance

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