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New lifeboat arrives in Oban

Lifeboats News Release

The new lifeboat to serve the maritime, coastal and island communities from Oban was piped into Oban Bay today (Sunday).

The Shannon class lifeboat travelling at 26 knots in Loch Linnhe

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

The Campbell-Watson on passage to Oban

The Shannon class 13-50 The Campbell-Watson entered the bay from the north, passing the war memorial at 13.50. She was escorted by Tobermory’s Severn Class lifeboat Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey and Oban’s current vessel, the Trent Class Mora Edith MacDonald.

A five strong crew from Oban had travelled to the RNLI’s headquarters and All-weather lifeboat centre at Poole in Dorset, setting sail on Wednesday to begin the passage north via stops in Cornwall and Ireland.

Coxswain Ally Cerexhe says, although the Shannon class vessels can be moved by road, the team was keen to sail the lifeboat to its new home:

‘The main reason for bringing the new lifeboat to Oban by sea was for us to get to know it.

‘Five of us have now had the privilege of spending several days at sea on the boat, learning all about her.

‘The first couple of days of the passage we had some very poor weather, and the boat handled it absolutely perfectly. So that helped build our confidence in the capabilities of the boat.’

For the coming months until the Spring, two RNLI lifeboats will be stationed at Oban. 14-23 Mora Edith MacDonald will remain on call to respond night and day, until the remaining members of the volunteer seagoing crew train up and qualify on The Campbell-Watson.

All images: Credit Stephen Lawson/RNLI

RNLI media contacts

For further information, please contact:

John Macgill Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Oban RNLI on 07711 548672 or email [email protected]

Stephen Lawson Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Oban RNLI on 07776 340629 or email [email protected]

Natasha Bennett, Regional Media Officer (Scotland), on 07826 900639 [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, Regional Media Manager (Scotland), on 07920 365929 or [email protected]

RNLI Press Office 01202 336789 or [email protected]

Three lifeboats - Tobermory's Severn class, Oban's existing Trent class and the new Shannon class

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

Three ships – (left to right) Tobermory lifeboat Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, Oban’s current vessel, Mora Edith MacDonald, and The Campbell-Watson.
The new lifeboat with the Oban skyline behind

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

The Campbell-Watson in Oban Bay
A piper is joined by members of the crew on the forward deck of the new lifeboat

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

The crew who brought The Campbell-Watson to Oban are joined by piper Kate MacPherson
The Trent class lifeboat sailing alongside the new Shannon class.

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

Older and new - The Campbell-Watson (left) and Mora Edith MacDonald
Photo from the water of people standing in the rain by Oban's war memorial

RNLI/Stephen Lawson

Local people cheered in the new vessel into Oban Bay.

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