Opening & Naming Ceremony 2002

Atlantic 75 lifeboat Miss Betty is named at Crosshaven

Saturday, 19 October at 1500 hrs, the Naming Ceremony for the newest Irish RNLI lifeboat station took place at Crosshaven, Co Cork. After the official opening of the lifeboat house by Mr Terence Johnson, RNLI Trustee Committee, Mr Clayton Love delivered the Atlantic 75 into the care of the Institution.

Mr Terence Johnson was delighted to receive the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLI:

“I am particularly delighted to have the opportunity of representing the RNLI Trustee Committee and Council members at this ceremony here today. Clayton Love Jnr has been on the RNLI Committee of Management for over 30 years and we have all benefited from his expertise, professionalism, generosity and love for the Institution and all that it stands for.

It is typical of the man that, as soon as he heard the Station was being established, that he undertook to fund the station lifeboat. It is fitting that following their joint contribution to the RNLI that he wanted the lifeboat named as a tribute to his wife Betty.”

Clayton Love Jnr – Involvement with the RNLI

1969 Elected to the RNLI Committee of Management
1980 Vice President
1984-1999 Member of Executive Committee
1984-1999 Chairman of the Irish Members of the Committee of Management
1989-1999 Member of Search & Rescue Committee
1991-1999 Deputy Chairman of the RNLI

Lord Mayor of Cork County Paula Desmond joined a huge crowd at Crosshaven to witness the formal opening of Crosshaven Lifeboat Station and naming of the Atlantic 75. That night, the crew hosted a party at the Royal Cork YC to celebrate the events of the day.

A selection of images from the day and some of the press coverage can be seen in this gallery.