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RNLB MacQuarie Departs Sunderland

RNLB MacQuarie finally departed Sunderland after years of faithful service to the Sunderland Crew. On Saturday 2nd October 2004 she was escorted out of Sunderland by her replacement craft, the Atlantic 75, and by the IB-1 Inshore Lifeboat.

A fond farewell was given and there were many spectators on the Piers to wish her well on her voyage to Eyemouth.

RNLB MacQuarie served Sunderland for many years and undertook many rescues in her time at Sunderland ranging from towing in stricken fishing boats to rescuing children stranded on rocks.

Rescue cover for Sunderland is now provided by the fast Atlantic 75 lifeboat and of course we still have the IB-1 inshore lifeboat for close to shore work. The crew have spent a furious last few weeks endlessly training and getting used to the new boat and they are all now ready for action. The crew are very impressed with the new Atlantic 75 and its capabilities exceeded expectations. With a top speed of 32 knots and a very quick launch routine it will be on scene quicker than the Trent class was and has exceptional manoeuvrability.


RNLB Maquarie departs Sunderland for the last timeRNLB Maquarie departs Sunderland for the last timeRNLB Maquarie departs Sunderland for the last timeSunderland Lifeboat Crew and Coastguard Team onboard RNLB Maquarie for the last time

RNLB MacQuarie served Sunderland for many years and undertook many rescues in her time at Sunderland ranging from towing in stricken fishing boats to rescuing children stranded on rocks.

Rescue cover for Sunderland is now provided by the fast Atlantic 75 lifeboat and of course we still have the IB-1 inshore lifeboat for close to shore work. The crew have spent a furious last few weeks endlessly training and getting used to the new boat and they are all now ready for action. The crew are very impressed with the new Atlantic 75 and its capabilities exceeded expectations. With a top speed of 32 knots and a very quick launch routine it will be on scene quicker than the Trent class was and has exceptional manoeuvrability.


 
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