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A lifeboat for Donaghadee

After a number of shipwrecks including the Ulrica in 1897, the barque Meridian in 1901 and the Catherine Renney in 1905 a committee was formed to get a lifeboat stationed in Donaghadee. Eventually the RNLI agreed and on 10th July 1910 a new motor lifeboat arrived in the harbour, witnessed by large crowds of people assembled on the pier. This was the first motor lifeboat to be placed on an Irish station, a Watson class, 43ft. in length fitted with a 40 h.p. engine and a reversible gear which allowed a solid propeller to be fitted, and speed of about 7 knots. The naming ceremony for the new lifeboat RNLB William and Laura was held in September 1910.


William and Laura Lifeboat

The coxswain, William George Nelson and the crew received medals and certificates from the French Government for the rescue of the crew of the ketch Cyrano in 1915. Andy White became coxswain after death of William George Nelson in 1917.