The event on 25th May 2015 was to celebrate Cunards 175th Anniversary and its long links with Liverpool. For the first time we saw three of Cunards magnificent liners sail down the River Mersey.
Flag ship – Queen Mary 2 with Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
The RNLI played and important part in the celebration with lifeboats from New Brighton, Hoylake and Lytham St Annes.
New Brighton’s Atlantic 85 B-837 Charles Dibdin was joined on the river by Hoylake’s new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat 13-06 Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood and Lytham St Annes all-weather lifeboat 12-30 Her Majesty the Queen making her the fourth Queen on the river. New Brighton’s hovercraft H-007 Samburgh was in attendance on the River and helping safeguard the Wirral beaches.
Although the lifeboats formed part of the escort they were also on standby should their services be called upon. With unprecedented crowds visiting the event their was a significant risk that someone would end up in the water.
Photographs by Bob Warwick, Lifeboat Press Officer at New Brighton taken from the tug Brocklebank – courtesy of Liverpool Council Press Office and also to Colin and crew of the tug.
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