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Byline: Friday 13th. February was changeover day at Ramsgate lifeboat station when the reserve lifeboat based there for the last 18 months was exchanged for a later model.
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The replacement Mersey class lifeboat 12-005 ‘Lady of Hilbre’ arrived on the back of a low loader and was exchanged, with the aid of the harbour’s boat hoist, for 12-001 ‘Peggy and Alex Caird’ which, after 28 years of service, was to be taken to the RNLI’s HQ at Poole in Dorset to be sold. The Mersey class of lifeboat is often launched off a trailer or down a slipway and not kept afloat like Ramsgate’s larger station Trent class lifeboat and whilst at the station the reserve boats are kept ashore on the quay beside the boathouse. Although at Ramsgate for only a short time ‘Peggy and Alex Caird’ will be long remembered at the station as it formed a backdrop to and appeared in many pictures taken of last year’s inshore lifeboat naming ceremony.
As well as maintaining a fleet of boats allocated to lifeboat stations the RNLI also has a reserve fleet to cover for station boats of each type should they suffer damage, equipment failure or need to go away for more major maintenance. These boats, when not in use, are kept at locations around the coast where they are maintained for service by the local coxswain and mechanic.

RNLI media contacts
• John Ray, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Ramsgate Lifeboat)
07759 480825 / john.g.ray@talk21.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Byline: Friday 13th. February was changeover day at Ramsgate lifeboat station when the reserve lifeboat based there for the last 18 months was exchanged for a later model.
Page Content:

The replacement Mersey class lifeboat 12-005 ‘Lady of Hilbre’ arrived on the back of a low loader and was exchanged, with the aid of the harbour’s boat hoist, for 12-001 ‘Peggy and Alex Caird’ which, after 28 years of service, was to be taken to the RNLI’s HQ at Poole in Dorset to be sold. The Mersey class of lifeboat is often launched off a trailer or down a slipway and not kept afloat like Ramsgate’s larger station Trent class lifeboat and whilst at the station the reserve boats are kept ashore on the quay beside the boathouse. Although at Ramsgate for only a short time ‘Peggy and Alex Caird’ will be long remembered at the station as it formed a backdrop to and appeared in many pictures taken of last year’s inshore lifeboat naming ceremony.
As well as maintaining a fleet of boats allocated to lifeboat stations the RNLI also has a reserve fleet to cover for station boats of each type should they suffer damage, equipment failure or need to go away for more major maintenance. These boats, when not in use, are kept at locations around the coast where they are maintained for service by the local coxswain and mechanic.

RNLI media contacts
• John Ray, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Ramsgate Lifeboat)
07759 480825 / john.g.ray@talk21.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789