A new book that charts the history of Troon RNLI lifeboat station was officially launched at a special event within the Troon Old Parish Church halls.
'Troon Lifeboats, an illustrated history of 150 years of life-saving' is described as a comprehensive history of the lifeboats in Troon, from the first lifeboat, a 32ft rowing boat, to the current lifeboats; RNLI Trent class all-weather lifeboat ‘RNLB Jim Moffat’ and D Class inshore lifeboat ‘Sheena’.
The book will also look at the people who crewed the lifeboats, the gallantry awards presented to the station and the notable services that have taken place since the station was established.
Author Nicholas Leach, who has written several RNLI books and articles, was approached to write the book for the stations anniversary and has worked with former Troon lifeboat Coxswain, and current lifeboat station curator, Ian Johnson to prepare the book for publication.
Mr Leach attended at the launch to sign copies of the book which is now on sale priced at £15 and is available from RNLI shop Troon
Speaking at the book launch, Troon RNLI lifeboat Operations Manager Jim Redmond said: 'We really appreciate the time and effort by Nicholas Leach and Ian Johnson to research this book and have it published as a celebration of our lifeboat stations 150-year history. We hope that those who read the book are given an insight into the history of the lifeboat station in Troon and the important ethos that has remained throughout of saving lives at sea’.
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