The David Bradley, a new inshore lifeboat funded by donations from members of the Baltic and David’s many friends to the David Bradley Memorial Fund, arrives at Lymington, Hampshire on Friday 20 February. The 8.5m Atlantic 85 has twin powerful immersion proof engines, direction finding and radar capability as well as the latest updated chart plotter and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) equipment. Once in service it will help save lives in the western Solent, the Needles channel and the western end of Christchurch Bay.
After a weekend of crew training, it is hoped that the lifeboat will become operational on Monday. A formal naming ceremony will take place later in the year with details of this being published when known.
The Baltic Exchange has sponsored lifeboats for over 150 years and also has strong links with the Salcombe lifeboat station where the Baltic Exchange III, an all weather lifeboat is based.
David Bradley passed away unexpectedly in May 2008 and for 10 years was head of the Baltic Exchange freight market department. He became a member of the Baltic Exchange in 1977 and was a member of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.