HARWICH’s all-weather lifeboat Albert Brown has returned for an extended chapter of service after undergoing a refit.

The refurbishment project included a thorough stripping down and repainting of the vessel, restoring its exterior to peak condition. 

New marine windows were installed, enhancing visibility for the dedicated crew during rescue operations. 

The lifeboat also received a technological facelift with the incorporation of state-of-the-art electronics and the upgrading of various onboard systems.

A stalwart in the Harwich RNLI fleet, the Albert Brown was originally brought into service in 1996.

This refurbishment is poised to extend its operational lifespan for a further ten years, ensuring it remains a reliable and effective asset in the RNLI's ongoing mission to save lives at sea.

Graeme Richardson, RNLI area lifesaving manager for Essex, said: “The Albert Brown has a proud history of saving lives, and this refurbishment ensures it continues to be a vital component of our lifesaving efforts. 

“We are immensely proud to have this vessel back in service, primed for years of further service to our maritime community.”

A Harwich RNLI spokesman said: “The Harwich RNLI continues to play a pivotal role in maritime safety, and the renewed Albert Brown exemplifies the charity's ongoing commitment to excellence in lifesaving operations.

“Visitors are more than welcome to visit the volunteer station during its opening hours to view both of the lifeboats and pick up those last minute Christmas gifts in the RNLI Shop.”