By Richard Price

On Saturday 27th April the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) named the new Shannon class lifeboat stationed at Hastings. The boat is now called the Richard and Caroline Colton. During the Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication her launch and recovery system was also named the ‘Richard and Mark Colton.’

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Millionaire footwear distributor Richard Colton bequeathed two rare Ferraris to the RNLI with the wish that money from the sale be used to fund a new Shannon class lifeboat named after him and his wife.

One of the two Ferraris (a red 1960 Ferrari 250 GT short-wheelbase (SWB) Berlinetta chassis 1995 GT) was parked outside the lifeboat station. It was one of only 167 made, ten of which were supplied new to the UK market. One of the stewards said, “The car seems to be attracting more attention than the lifeboat.”

PICTURE: Richard Price

The 1960 Ferrari sold for £6.6m and a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 chassis 10177 GT sold for a total of £1.93m, the total amounting to the most valuable items ever left to the RNLI in a single legacy.

The new lifeboat is all-weather and powered by water-jets which makes it the most manoeuvrable lifeboats in the fleet.

The ceremony started at 12.00pm. Family members attended, a hymn was
sung, plus a reading of the poem Sea Fever by John Masefield

“I must go down to the seas again/To the lonely sea and the sky….

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