The restoration of the lifeboat Priscilla MacBean

Priscilla McBean and crew, date unknown SUS-141010-124522001

Priscilla McBean and crew, date unknown SUS-141010-124522001

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How come that a former Eastbourne lifeboat, the

It is due initially to the intervention of Deeday White, a Hastings Old Town antique dealer.

On a business trip to Hellingly he spotted an ancient boat in a field. It was the 96 year-old lifeboat, the

But Deeday recognised her for what she was. With the help of Tush Hamilton and many volunteers he brought the abandoned lifeboat back to Hastings to be restored. Since her arrival in the town the story of her restoration has been one of the dedication of a band of volunteers and generous private and business donors.

The

Unlike the Mary Stanford the

After retirement the

The

It is on previously vacant ground at the bottom of Old London Road, close to the Market Cross.” On November 15, 2014, the 86th anniversary of the loss of her sister ship, the