fund-raising campaign has been launched to save the Sir Samuel Kelly
lifeboat which rescued survivors from the Princess Victoria in 1953
and the Fastnet yacht race disaster in 1979.
plan to restore The Sir Samuel Kelly and build a maritime heritage
centre around the vessel in Donaghadee where it was stationed for
25 years and crewed by local volunteers from the Royal National
Lifeboat Institution – the charity that saves lives at sea.
Campaign spokesman, former lifeboat crewman,
Ken Walsh, said: “The Sir Samuel Kelly is an important part
of Ireland's maritime heritage and is on the UK’s National
Historic Ships register. Restored it will be a lasting memorial
to the people who were lost in the Princess Victoria and Fastnet
tragedies. It will also be a fitting tribute to the bravery of the
RNLI crews who daily risk their lives to save others. "With
public support we believe we can raise the £500,000 needed
to save this famous lifeboat and build her a fitting home in a town
where she is cherished."
meeting to launch the campaign was held in Donaghadee community
centre, on April 2 and was well attended. At the meeting Ken Walsh
explained the background to the project and the Group’s architect,
Fraser Bell, gave a detailed presentation on the design of the proposed
centre, including artists impressions.
interested in the project is invited to register their interest
by completing an Expression of Interest Form <click
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