New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Station - West Wales
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New Quay Lifeboat Station, New Quay, Cardiganshire SA45 9PS
Most summer visitors to New Quay, enjoying the sun and the wonderful views across Cardigan Bay's tranquil blue waters, will not realise how treacherous the seas can become when lashed by storms. The picturesque coast has jagged cliffs and hidden rocks that can become very dangerous to sailors when faced with fast changing weather conditions together with an onshore wind.
The lifeboats at New Quay serve the coastal area between Cardigan and Aberystwyth lifeboat stations. These two stations are equipped with fast inshore lifeboats: - Cardigan in the south has a B class Atlantic lifeboat, 'Tanni Grey' and a D class lifeboat, 'Society of Societies' - Aberystwyth in the north also have a B class Atlantic lifeboat, 'Spirit of Friendship'. Operating offshore for long periods, in difficult weather conditions and at night requires a very different type of lifeboat. The Mersey class All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) based at New Quay performs this role. Covering a very large area of sea and coast, the station is flanked by two ALB stations - Fishguard in the south with their Trent class lifeboat, 'Blue Peter V11' and Barmouth in the north with a Mersey class lifeboat, 'Moira Barrie'.
New Quay is part of the RNLI West Division comprising 31 lifeboat stations around the coast of Wales from Penarth in the south to Rhyl in the north. Five stations around the Isle of Man are also included within the Division. The two lifeboats at New Quay, the Mersey class ALB 'Frank and Lena Clifford of Stourbridge', named after the main donors who along with several other people left legacies to enable the lifeboat to be purchased by the RNLI in 1992.
The Hon Mrs. Audrey Lawson Johnston presented the D class inshore lifeboat (ILB) 'Amy Lea' to the station in 2004. Along with her parents and other members of her family who were passengers aboard the Lusitania, she survived when it was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland on 7th May 1915. Naming the lifeboat 'Amy Lea' in memory of her mother Amy Lea Pearl. Mrs. Lawson Johnston was only 3 months old at the time of the disaster. Significantly, she presented the lifeboat at a naming and dedication ceremony in New Quay on 7th May 2004, the 89th anniversary of the sinking and in her 89th year. Now 91 years old, together with her family she maintains an active interest in the lifeboat station and the service performed by the lifeboat she generously donated.
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