Luxury yachts and lifeboats at Poole

Poole, on the south coast of England, was where I grew up and where my family had lived for many years before I turned up. The link was broken only a few weeks ago when my mother died at the age of 103.

Poole is an ancient port that has a history going back to medieval times, although this set of photos represents two more recent maritime developments.

One is the well-established firm of Sunseeker Yachts, Poole being the company’s world headquarters and main manufacturing base. There are Sunseeker premises all round the port area, and plenty of their products are on display. You need a very deep pocket to afford one of these!

The other major headquarters in Poole is that of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). All the lifeboat crews are volunteers and the RNLI is funded entirely by voluntary contributions.

I was in Poole recently and took these shots of the two lifting bridges as a Sunseeker and a lifeboat passed through.

The Sunseeker Sales Department

I met a Sunseeker employee just after I took this photo. I asked him if people like him were given one as a leaving present when they retired. Not surprisingly he said "No", but did add that he was entitled to a staff discount!

The old Poole Bridge

This is the original lifting bridge (dating from the 1930s) that connects the Poole and Hamworthy quays and takes traffic out of the old town towards the west.

Going up!

Waiting to come through

A Sunseeker is waiting to come through. All the other boats in this shot are also Sunseekers.

Looking across

With the bridge fully open, you can see cars on the other side that are waiting to come across.

Here comes Exodus

Several million pounds' worth of Sunseeker are on their way to the yard on the shore of Holes Bay (an inlet of Poole Harbour)

Exodus has to wait

The two bridges are never lifted at the same time - to allow for road traffic access. Exodus therefore has to wait for the second bridge to open.

Here comes a lifeboat

This is RNLB Brianne Aldington, a smaller member of the RNLI fleet of rescue boats.

An interesting contrast

Should the millionaire owners of Exodus ever get into trouble around the coasts of Britain or Ireland, it could be the unpaid crew of Brianne Aldington who come to their rescue.

Good for the environment?

While waiting for the second bridge to open, the crew of Exodus performed a 360-degree turn by using the bow engines. The fumes that this produced drifted over to where I was standing - absolutely foul!

What do you think?

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