Chris Lloyd, the great-grandson of former town mayor Thomas Webber, and his wife Jane, made a visit to Falmouth Lifeboat Station recently as part of their trip to the UK from their home in the Bahamas.
Thomas Webber was Falmouth’s mayor when the town’s first lifeboat, the City of Gloucester, arrived in April 1867. The lifeboat was formally launched at the Docks on 28 August of that year after it had been paraded through the streets of Falmouth drawn on its carriage by twelve horses with the lifeboat crew seated in the boat. The Royal Cornwall Gazette reported that thousands of people witnessed the event which included a demonstration of the lifeboat’s capsize capabilities.
That evening, a dinner, hosted by Falmouth Mayor Mr Thomas Webber, was held at the Falmouth Hotel and the guest of honour was RNLI Secretary, Richard Lewis.
Apart from the historical link, Chris Lloyd had another reason for visiting the station as he is the Operations Manager for Bahamas Air-Sea Rescue Association in Nassau, Bahamas.
He explained: ‘BASRA is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives at sea throughout The Bahamas, and I have also acted as Fleet Captain and full-time volunteer for the past 25 years.
Chris and Jane Lloyd were welcomed to the station by Falmouth RNLI Coxswain Jonathon Blakeston and Falmouth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick Lewis after which they were given a tour of the station and both lifeboats.
During their visit, Chris was presented with a copy of the book Falmouth Lifeboat 150 years of saving lives at sea signed by Jonathon Blakeston and the authors.