White Star lifeboat rescued from hedge
It's been lying in an English hedgerow for years – but the Belfast man who has restored this vessel believes it could be a long-lost White Star Line lifeboat.
Only two vessels built in Belfast by Titanic owners White Star Line still remain – Titanic tender SS Nomadic and one of her lifeboats.
That's why local events manager Turlough McShane was so excited when he realised that the boat being advertised on eBay as a cabin cruiser was actually an old lifeboat with a cabin added later, suspecting that a White Star Line lifeboat could still be out there.
When he travelled across the Irish Sea to have a look at it, he found the boat had been languishing in a hedgerow. It had being bought in Liverpool where effects off all the White Star Line ships were disposed of.
"I've seen many photos of White Star Line lifeboats and this one is exactly like the ones built at Harland & Wolff," Mr McShane said. "It fits the bill in every respect – the shape, the size, the type of wood, the quality of the build."