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Watson class lifeboat City of Bradford II free to a good home

Fowey boatbuilder Marcus Lewis has alerted us to the news that the the Watson class lifeboat City of Bradford II is available free to a good home.

The 45ft lifeboat served on the Humber from 1929 1950, and during WWII won two RNLI gold medals as well as silver medals.

The boat is unfortunately in poor condition cosmetically and mechanically; both her Ford Parsons Barracuda six-cylinder diesels need attention or replacing and her decks and superstructure need attention, but her hull is said to appear relatively sound, as boat remains afloat.

The original forward and aft cuddys remain, although she has an added wheelhouse. She’s afloat on Strangford Lough, County Down, and would need to be towed or road trailed away.

Good news for the New Year: Miller-built Spindrift has new owners

Jo and John Furley write:

‘Responding to William Miller’s appeal for information, here are some recent photos of Spindrift.

‘We bought her in Guernsey in August, had her repainted and re-caulked, and we are trying to get her to Liverpool, where we’ll keep her in the Albert Dock once we’ve done some improvement work. We got as far as Penzance before the weather turned against us – the latest pictures are in the harbour in Penzance, waiting for a weather window (which is firmly closed at the moment!).

‘We’d be very happy to get in contact with the Millers to learn more about her history, and to update them.

‘Best regards,

‘Jo and John Furley’

This is great news. An earlier post mentioning this iconic vessel can be seen here. Spindrift is considered to be a rare surviving example of a zulu.

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