Cyril and Lilian Bishop

Cyril and Lilian Bishop

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Cyril and Lilian Bishop
Boat Type: 
R.N.L.I. Lifeboat
Boat Length: 
35ft 6ins
Boat Beam: 
8ft 10ins
Boat Draft: 
2ft
Boat Displacement: 
9 tons
Boat Engine: 
35hp Weyburn Ford petrol
Boat Construction: 
Double diagonal
Boat Builder: 
J. S. White, Cowes, I o W
Boat Year: 
1931
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Hastings lifeboat, the Cyril and Lilian Bishop, went into service in 1931 as a shallow-draft sailing lifeboat. Built at Cowes for the RNLI, she was a self-righter - and proved it, when she capsized during service in 1944.

In 1950 she was sold as a fishing vessel and went to the West coast of Scotland where Arra Fletcher bought her in 1976. He re-named her Lindy Lou after his daughter and brought her to the free port of Askaig on the Isle of Islay. There, she earned fame when her owner fought a battle against authority in 1980.

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