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Branch Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee Visit the Isle of Wight

In preparation of the re-enactment of the arrival of Selsey’s first Lifeboat, John Light, Branch Chairman, his wife, Jean, myself, Sue Lintott, Deputy Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee, and my husband, Keith, travelled over to the Isle of Wight recently to see for themselves just how big the ‘Queen Victoria’ actually is and to discuss with Martin Woodward, ex-Coxswain of Bembridge Lifeboat and one of the main instigators of the restoration of the boat, what considerations we have to take into account for our day. John also had a risk assessment to do for the authorities.

Deciding to make a weekend of it, we travelled over to the island early on the Saturday morning. Travelling to Bembridge straight away we looked for the museum where we thought the ‘Queen Victoria’ was housed. Being informed by Bembridge Lifeboat volunteers that we were in the wrong place (the boat had been moved a while back) we hastily drove to Arreton where the Lifeboat is kept at the Shipwreck Museum, Arreton Barns Craft Village.

Queen Victoria in the Lifeboat Museum John, Martin and Keith discussing tecnicalities in the Museum
Martin explaining the tecnicalities in the Museum Part of the towing gear

Martin very patiently showed us the ‘Queen Victoria’ and discussed with John and Keith the technicalities of getting the boat to the Weald and Downland Museum on Saturday 5th June for the Heavy Horse Show and then down to Selsey that night ready for the following day’s procession around Selsey. “Air brakes”, “hitches”, “weight” and “length” were words Jean and I heard a lot of in those couple of hours…

John, Sue, Jean and Keith

Then, after a tour around the Shipwreck Museum seeing all the wonderful relics Martin has recovered from the sea, we proceeded to enjoy the Isle of Wight’s hospitality and toured all over before retiring to the pub we were staying in.

The following day we visited Bembridge’s new boathouse and were very impressed, even though there was no one around to open it up and let us view inside. We then toured the rest of the Island before catching the ferry back to Portsmouth.

Safely home on the Sunday afternoon we uploaded the photographs taken and realised that we still had a lot of work to do before the ‘Queen Victoria’ came over to visit us…