New pattern for cover by lifeboat? 17th September 1965
Suggestion that the revolutionary cruising lifeboat that is to be brought to Appledore around Christmas represents an immediate threat to the existence of lifeboat station in the Bristol Channel area is 'nonsense'.
This is an experimental type of rescue cruiser, of which two are being built. For some time there has been rumoured a plan to station a cruising lifeboat in this locality, with permanent crews as on lightships, to serve the Bristol Channel area.
Commander H B Acworth, assistant chief inspector of lifeboats, who was on board during the trip to Plymouth, said that the ship handled well, although no bad weather was encountered.