The Thames Class Lifeboat Trust are pleased to announce they have been awarded a £5000 grant by Seafarers UK, the Lowestoft based charity is in the process of converting a former lifeboat built in the town for use as a youth training vessel.
The grant is to be used as part of the ongoing refurbishment by the volunteer team, including young people from the area and will be dedicated to the mechanical and cosmetic works within the machinery spaces of the vessel, which in turn will provide a safe and reliable vessel for youth training to be carried out.
Chairman Scott Snowling of TCLT said “All of us at the Thames Class Lifeboat Trust are delighted to have been awarded this amount and look forward to completing the works required on-board “Rotary Service”, in her engine room.”
Built in 1973 at Brooke Marine in Lowestoft, “Rotary Service” is a fine example of the smaller scale shipbuilding once carried out in the town, and was returned to Lowestoft in October 2015 following a 42 year career as a Lifeboat and Pilot vessel.
Seafarers UK is a charity that helps people in the maritime community, by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families. The grant awarded this week is made possible thanks to the Beryl Threakell estate.