THE new £2.7million Lifeboat made its way into Portpatrick Harbour on Tuesday morning to take the place of the older model.
The RNLB John Buchan Barr came into port before lunch and was welcomed by scores of onlookers. The state of the art Tamar class all weather lvessel was built at the cost of £2.6 million, and is is the most technologically advanced lifeboat currently operated by the RNLI, utilising the most up to date marine materials and equipment available. It replaces the Tyne class all weather lifeboat, RNLB Mary Irene Millar, which has been stationed at Portpatrick since 1989.
The RNLI Tamar lifeboat is named after Dr John Buchanan Barr MBE, a distinguished GP who died in 2003 at the age of 93. During the war he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a captain and major, and saw action in North Africa with the 78th Division, for which he later received the MBE. After the war he returned to Glasgow to work as a GP.
Dr Buchanan Barr and his wife Catherine often visited Portpatrick and Catherine, who died in 2008 at the age of 98, requested that £2.6 million be left to the RNLI to pay for a new lifeboat for Portpatrick named after her husband, and carrying the inscription ‘He saved so many lives during the war.’
Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew have been involved in extensive training and sea trials of the new vessel over the past few months.