November 1997 110
|A host should always try to make his guests
feel at home.
A guest should never forget that he isn't.
|For a short while only, one could see them lying
alongside in St. Mary's harbour: the Arun-Class Lifeboat "Robert Edgar"'
built in 1980, now replaced by the Severn-Class "The Whiteheads".
The Severn Class Boat is not only larger by 1 metre (overall length 17m)
but also faster by 7 knots (25 knots).
The "Robert Edgar" stayed in service for the Isles of Scilly Lifeboat Station until her crew had become sufficiently confident to operate the new boat as effectively as they did the old one.
Scilly's off-lying position at the borderline between coastal waters
and the open Atlantic will be well served by such an all-weather lifeboat
which is one of the R.N.L.I.'s largest.