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Legendary Lifeboat 'Mary Stanford' Returns To Spiritual Home

30th April 2014
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Legendary Lifeboat 'Mary Stanford' Returns To Spiritual Home

#Lifeboat - The famous lifeboat Mary Stanford, which was saved from being scuttled earlier this year, has returned to her spiritual home in Ballycotton, as the Irish Examiner reports.

Afloat's Jehan Ashmore previously recounted the story of the Barnett-class lifeboat renowned for her role in the daring rescue of crew from the Daunt Rock lightship in 1936.

In recognition of that tremendous effort, the Mary Stanford became the first and only RNLI lifeboat ever to be awarded a hold medal for gallantry.

In more recent years, however, she lay abandoned all but forgotten at Dublin's Grand Canal Dock, next to the similarly neglected Naomh Eanna.

But some did not forget - and the efforts of campaigners have literally put her on a pedestal at the East Cork village's cliff walk, where she was unveiled last weekend.

Work is now getting underway to restore the classic lifeboat to her former glory. The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.

Published in RNLI Lifeboats
MacDara Conroy

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