Appledore's new lifeboat arrives home 23rd November 1962
With veteran coxswain Mr Syndey Cann at the helm, Appledore's new lifeboat crossed Bideford bar on Tuesday at the end of her journey from the builder's yard in the Isle of Wight. She was christened 'Louisa Anne Hawker' at Bideford.
Commander H H Harvey, district inspector of the RNLI, who was in charge of delivery, went out with a full crew to acquaint them with the layout.
On board in addition to the Commander and Mr Cann were mechanic Mr Leon Richards, signalman Mr Basil Marshall, Mr Bill Bowden, Captain Pat Brennan (Bideford Harbourmaster and secretary of the local lifeboat committee) and district engineer Mr R Scott.