An appeal for information: are there any other surviving airborne lifeboat mark IIs?

Nina Plumbe has written to appeal for information about any mark II airborne lifeboats that may be in existence. If you have any information, please write to me at gmatkin@gmail.com and I’ll pass the message on.

Here’s what she says:

‘We are about to start a huge restore on an airborne lifeboat mark II, which is 30ft long. While we are aware of several mark Is (24ft long) we cannot find a single mark II.

‘The photos sho how she looked in the 1960s and how she is today.

‘Is ours the only one surviving? We know that they were built in a boatyard in Wales as well as in a boatyard at Potter Heigham on the Norfolk Broads.

‘Thanks for your help, Nina Plumbe’

Nina and her friends are setting up a trust to care for the airborne lifeboat.

 

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Photos of AK Ilen ready for launch

Nigel Towse of Sherkin is a gentleman and scholar – I know this because he has very kindly sent me these great photos of the launch of the AK Ilen via my musical pal Katie Howson. Thanks for your kind help, both of you!

The Ilen looks great of course, and they had such a nice day for it!

Here’s an earlier post announcing that the launch after seven years’ hard work was imminent.

For your further entertainment, here is a project he was involved with a few years back, and here’s his lovely 1892 Heir Island lobster boat, Hanorah.