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RNLB Jane Anne is an important survivor from Irvine’s past, and a rare example of its type in Scotland. It’s a double-ended, self-righting, pulling and sailing lifeboat, which was based at the town’s RNLI station. It was manned mainly by the locally renowned Sinclair family and participated in seven rescues, saving 12 lives.
Built in 1898 by the Thomas Ironworks Co. in Millwall, London, Jane Anne began operating out of Irvine shortly afterwards and remained in use there until the station closed in 1914. The boat’s design meant it was open to the elements and relied entirely on the muscle power the crew who rowed it. The special construction of the hull, using diagonal cross planking, made it very strong with the enclosed ends providing buoyancy and ensuring that the crew is safe even in bad weather.
The model was created as a part of ‘Scanning The Horizon’ 3D Digitisation Project.
We would like to thank Leica Geosystems for their help during this project.