Solent class lifeboat on relief at Thurso,was sold by RNLI a few years ago.she made the head lines some time ago but was nothing to do with the RNLI.Iwill let you guess.That is an RNXS vessel in the back ground,Loyal Proctor.
OK- I'll take a guess. Is this the boat that was used by drug smugglers, and was then set on fire when about to be boarded by customs. I think a customs officer lost his life during the boarding. Send the cash prize to the usual address!
Was busy looking at your photos of Audacious,Iain says it all,apart from she is now under restoration,at Nottingham and I think she has the cabin from the old Wick 48'6 Oakley which was broken up in 2003
Does anyone know how the restoration is progressing? A photo would be even better. It was a shame though that 48-13 could not be saved, but had to be broken up. Same goes for 48-01 which suffered the same fate. I'm suprised that they couldn't put at least one of them into the lifeboat museum at Chatham.
Seemingly the Oakleys were prone to serious hull deterioration caused by electrolysis from the water ballast system affecting the aluminium inner bottom,so some were said to be beyond repair.
As far as i know Wully the whole superstructure from the Wick boat went to the chap restoring 48-010 and the engines went into the ex Salcombe Watson now called Oniros.
Very interesting lads,yes there was something about the ballast tanks in the forty eight Oakleys,i think that was the reason the RNLI would not sell them.when they built the steel solent,the reason they were called that is Oakley did not want their name associated with steel.