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Marine / Another former Lerwick lifeboat up for sale

Photo: Novi Marine

NOT only is RNLI Lerwick’s first lifeboat currently up for grabs – but the third to have been stationed in the town is listed for sale too.

The Soldian served in the isles from 1978 to 1997 before moving on to Iceland. She has a list price of 95,000 Euros and is being sold by Novi Marine.

Last week Shetland News reported that the first RNLI lifeboat in the isles – which was brought to Lerwick in the 1930s – could return ‘home’ should anyone be interested in taking her on.

Only four lifeboats have operated from the Lerwick RNLI station, meaning half are currently available.

Since 2002 the Soldian – now called Ásgrimur S. Björnsson – has been based in Reykjavik as a search and rescue vessel. She was recently taken out of service so is in good condition.

The boat has an overall length of 15.9m.

The Lady Jane and Martha Ryland was RNLI Lerwick’s first lifeboat before she was replaced in 1958 by another Barnett-class boat, the Claude Cecil Staniforth.

The Soldian was an Arun-class lifeboat which was replaced by the current Severn-class Michael and Jane Vernon in 1997.

The RNLI is a charity which provides a 24-hour search and rescue service around the UK coast.

It has two stations in Shetland – one in Lerwick and another in Aith on the westside.