The RNLI, or the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, is a charity that provides life boats for search and rescue missions at sea, as well as a seasonal lifeguard service throughout the UK, with a view to save as many lives at sea as possible.
The Morell is the newest lifeboat at the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat station. The £2 million vessel was funded by the legacy of Barbara Morell, an ardent supporter of the RNLI from Bromley, who passed away in 2009. The boat was named after her and the members of her family. The Morell has been in service since 21st February, when she first first arrived at the lifeboat station. The Morell is the first of the RNLI’s new Shannon class vessels, weighs 18 tonnes, and can reach speeds of up to 25 knots.
Dungeness was lucky enough to be visited by HRH Princess Anne during today’s lifeboat naming ceremony. pic.twitter.com/gh07Y8wSw8
— RNLI (@RNLI) May 31, 2014
Upon her arrival, Princess Anne was greeted by local residents, RNLI volunteers, and dignitaries. She then acted as the guest of honour at the dedication ceremony, which was led by the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott, the Bishop of Dover. Later on, the Princess met with the crew of The Morell, who entertained her with a demonstration of the lifeboat being launched and performing a rescue exercise, before showing her around the inside of the vessel.
After concluding the tour of the boat, Her Royal Highness said: “It’s always a great honour and privilege to name a lifeboat. I do so because it’s such a special occasion. I’m sure this is the right place to put it. It is my very great pleasure to name this lifeboat, God bless her and all who sail in her”.
The Princess Royal has a great love of sailing and yachting, and, along with her husband, she owns a yacht of her own called Ballochbuie.