Published Wednesday, 16 October 2013
A relic from a bygone age of shipbuilding, the lifeboat languished in storage in Liverpool for over 60 years.
A previously botched restoration means that there is little to no evidence of its true history - the boat's last owners had attempted to turn it into a cabin cruiser.
But new owner Belfast man Turlough McShane told UTV that there are clues to its previous life - and he believes it was made in his home city for the prominent British shipping company.
Despite the nameplates added by Turlough - 'Liverpool' and 'SS Titanic' -there are few clues to establish the history of the lifeboat.
It is 20ft long, indicating it was more likely to have been on a tender used to ferry passengers to bigger vessels. The original seats were removed, but they have been replaced by Turlough as part of the restoration.
"It's a wooden clinker boat and this one is actually built with copper rivets which is an old style and after the 1930s, [boats made] more likely would have been screwed with steel screws.
"This is still copper riveted, so it maybe gives it some provenance that it is an old boat from the beginning of the 19th century."
He continued: "Any of the pictures that I've seen from the Harland and Wolff's manufacturing of lifeboats is exactly the same build, wooden clinker build, same dimensions and in every aspect, you know, there's no reason it couldn't be."
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