Fraserburgh RNLI arrive for Macduff RNLI naming ceremony

Lifeboats News Release

Fraserburgh RNLI lifeboat were delighted to accept an invitation from the crew of Macduff RNLI Lifeboat Station to join them at their naming ceremony and service of dedication of the lifeboat B-933 on Saturday 10 June 2023 at 1pm.

Fraserburgh RNLI lifeboat Coxswain/Mechanic Vic Sutherland along with Mechanic Declan Sutherland and volunteers Gubby Duncan, Scott Leye, Jordan Morrice, Shane Richardson and Mark Ritchie left Fraserburgh aboard Trent Class Willie and May Gall and arrived in Macduff harbour at the same time as the former Macduff and Fraserburgh Lifeboat Douglas Currie. They were soon joined by Buckie’s Severn class William Blannin.

The former RNLI Lifeboat Douglas Currie lifeboat, a 48ft 6in Solent class is now privately owned and is kept in Fraserburgh Harbour and maintained by enthusiastic volunteers and they were also delighted to accept an invitation to the Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication.

Douglas Currie was first sent to Macduff RNLI on 30 September 1975. This lifeboat had previously been at Kirkwall, where she had rescued 12 lives. On 8 September 1984 the lifeboat was withdrawn and the station at Macduff was closed. In 1985 an Inshore lifeboat station was established at Macduff established in September with an Atlantic 21 class lifeboat.

Douglas Currie. took over on temporary station duty at Fraserburgh on May 18, 1986 where she served until the November of that year.

The three lifeboats tied up alongside each other at Macduff Harbour and the crews walked the short distance to the Macduff Lifeboat Station where they arrived an hour before the naming ceremony and were given a warm welcome from the Macduff crew.




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Fraserburgh Lifeboat Crew with Coxswain/Mechanic Vic Sutherland along with Mechanic Declan Sutherland and volunteers Gubby Duncan, Scott Leye, Jordan Morrice, Shane Richardson and Mark Ritchie.

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Fraserburgh Lifeboat Willie and May Gall arrives at Macduff.

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The former Macduff and Fraserburgh Lifeboat Douglas Currie which is now privately owned and is kept in Fraserburgh Harbour arrives at Macduff, where it was stationed for almost ten years

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Buckie's Severn class lifeboat William Blannin arrives at Macduff harbour.

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Three lifeboats in Macduff harbour Buckie's Severn class William Blannin, Fraserburgh's Trent class Willie and May Gall and the now privately owned Solent class Douglas Currie.

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Macduff RNLI Coxswain Chassey Findlay welcomes to the crew of the Douglas Currie to the Naming Ceremony.

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