25 August 2017 Looe Lifeboat Ryder
Ex Looe Lifeboat,Ryder made a poignant return to her home port for the August bank holiday to join in the 25th birthday celebrations of her namesake, Looe Rowing Club's wooden pilot gig Ryder..
The row / sail standard self righting lifeboat Ryder ( ex O.N. 489 ) was stationed with Looe RNLI from 1902 to 1930.
During her service in Looe she was launched 12 times saving 37 lives.
Following her removal from service, she passed through a number of owners and in 1978 she was badly damaged by fire.
Lying derelict on Chesil beach she was discovered by Looe man and former Mayor, Lt Col Ron Overd.
After a long period of fund raising and restoration she is now moored by the Polperro Heritage Museum.