5 August 2020
The Sir William Arnold, also known as Lifeboat 52-02, has been bought by Essex lifeboat lover Colin Trowles, who wants to turn it into a floating classroom and museum.
The boat, which saved more than 200 lives during its 24 year service and is best known for the Bonita cargo ship rescue near Guernsey, is now in Heybridge Lock.
The plan was for her to be permanently docked at St Katharine Docks in London, but when lockdown was imposed, Colin docked her in his hometown of Maldon to work on her.
He will be moving her to St Katharine's next month
BBC Radio Guernsey
15 July 2020
Today we were able to talk about the progress of the restoration of the Sir William Arnold live on BBC Guernsey’s Oscar Pearson Breakfast Show. Listen again by going to BBC Sounds App or click on the link below
Thank you Oscar for inviting me on your show!
BBC Radio Guernsey
We were able to talk about the progress of the restoration of the Sir William Arnold live on BBC Guernsey’s Jenny Kendall-Tobias Show. The whole interview is 1 hour but you can listen to the 15 minute section on the Lifeboat here or catch up on the whole show on the BBC Sounds App.
The Duchess of Kent is whisked out of St Peter Port in Guernsey on the Sir William Arnold Lifeboat
Credit: ITV Channel TV
HRH Duchess of Kent
This superb piece of previously unseen footage captures the arrival of the HRH Duchess of Kent as she arrives at the quayside of St Peter Port, Guernsey to name the RNLB Sir William Arnold. She’s then taken out on the lifeboat for a short trip with Coxswain John Petit at the helm.
Sir William Arnold 1974
Another piece of rare footage, capturing the Sir William Arnold at sea on the day of her official naming, 23rd May 1974. Over the years and following different refits, various items of equipment would be repositioned elsewhere on the boat. The white life-raft canister on the foredeck was moved to the upper steering position and the white direction finding loop aerial on the wheelhouse roof would be moved to the radar mast.