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First Cardigan lifeboat dedication ceremony since 1905

Cardigan's Atlantic 85 Class lifeboat
Image caption Every lifeboat dedication ceremony since the early 20th Century has been held at the lifeboat station

A new inshore lifeboat is being dedicated in Cardigan for the first time in more than a century.

Cardigan RNLI volunteers and supporters are naming the £214,000 inshore craft "Albatross" at the town's Prince Charles Quay.

Every lifeboat dedication ceremony since the early 20th Century has been held at the lifeboat station two miles from Cardigan at Poppit.

The last lifeboat named in Cardigan was the Elizabeth Austin in 1905.

Cardigan RNLI senior helm, Len Walters, said: "We decided to hold the ceremony in the town rather than Poppit so that more people from Cardigan could see the new lifeboat."

The Atlantic 85 class craft is the most technologically advanced inshore lifeboat and was first introduced into the RNLI fleet in 2005.

It is the first inshore lifeboat to have radar, which means it can operate more effectively in reduced visibility.

It is also faster and bigger than its predecessor, with room for four crew members as well as more space for casualties.

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