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LAUNCH OF THE QUIVER LIFE- BOAT AT MARGATE. The ceremony of launching the "Quiver" lifeboat took place at Margate on Tuesday last, amid great enthusiasm. Some eight months since an appeal on behalf of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was issued in the Quiver," and already the splendid sum of nearly X2,000 has been contributed by the readers of that periodical. This sum is sufficient to supply three boats and three stations. The first of these was erected at Margate, and the ceremony which took place there on Tuesday shows how highly the inhabit- ants of that town appreciate the liberality of their donors. At two o'clock a procession, consisting of a detachment of volunteers and their band, sailors with flags, the local committee, the corporation, the clergy, Pier, Harbour, and Waterworks Companies, escorted the lifeboat, which wa3 drawn by six splendid horses, and proceeded through the town to the strand. All the streets and windows of the houses were thronged with spectators. The Volunteer Artillery fired a salute from the pier as the procession appreached the strand. Here a space was cleared by the voiuciteers around the bow of the boat for the ceremony of "christening." Mr. Alderman Standring, who acted for the mayor, and wore his official robes, ascended a small platform beside the boat, briefly explained the nature of the occasion of so much rejoicing, and expressed bis regret that indisposition prevented the mayor being pre- sent in person. He concluded by asking the editor of the Quiver formally to present the boat to the town. The alderman having concluded amid great cheer- irsg, the Rev. Teignmouth Shore, M.A., the editor of the Quiver," said: Mr. Alderman, and Ladies and Gentlemen,—It is quite impossible for me adequately to express, on behalf of myself and those whom 1 repre- sent, our thanks for the very splendid reception which you have given the Quiver lifeboat to-day. Before explaining to you very briefly the circumstances under which this boat and station are this day presented to the town of Margate, perhaps you will permit me to say that the position which I have the honour to occupy to-day is simply representative. The credit of the original idea, of starting a subscription for a lifeboat belongs entirely to my friends, Mr. Petter and Mr. Galpin, the proprietors of the Quiver." They originated tha idea, and headed the sub- scription list with a donation of .£50 (cheers). I then suggosted to those gentlemen who were in the habit of writing for the Quiver," that they might aid us by giving the proceeds of one article each to the fund. This was cordially responded to. But the real and. greatest share of the credit of this very successful undertaking belongs to those many thousands of our readers who heartily and generously took up the good cause, and sent in a continual flow of subscriptions during the last eight months. It is in their name and on their behalf most especially, that I thank you for the cordial and enthu- siastic manner in which to-day you have shown your appreciation of their kind liberality (cheers). Subscriptions have been given to this fund by every class of our readers, in India, Canada, and Sweden, as well as at home in England,^ Ireland, and Scotland. Having thanked you in tae name of the proprietors and readers of the Quiver, it now only remains for mo formally to present to you the station and boat which their generous liberality has built. In doing so, I know this boat is being placed where there will never be wantingbrave hearts and strong hands to make it fulfil its mission of mercy. (cheers). The historic memories of this dangerous coast —the records of heroic services in the past -the tablet on your pier, which bears the honoured names of those who perished in their exertions to save their fellowrmen, as well as the presence around me now of your gallant sailors, and tha decoration worn by their brave leader, all remind ns, it we need to be reminded, ef the noble deeds treasured in the history of the past, and inspire us with the utmost confidence for the future (loud cheers). In the name of Messrs. Petter and Galpin, the proprietors, and the innumerable, and, therefore, nnnameable subscribersto the,, Inow beg to present to the inhabitants of Margate this boat and station of the Royal National Lifeboat In- Btifcatioii (loud ana contmued cheering). The Rev. Canon Eateman, Vicar of Margate, having effered an appropriate prayer, Mrs. Bateman pro- ceeded to chrIsen the boat, which ceremony con- sisted m breaking a bottle of champagne upon the bow, ancl saying, "I christen this boat' The Quiver,' and wish it God-speed." Captain Ward, R.N., the Inspector o. Lifeboats, having briefly thanked the donors tor their splendid gifts, and the inhabitants for their kind reception, the boat was drawn out some distance into the sea and launched. Captain Ward then exercised the men in the management of the boat for about an hour, and having brought her round to the end of the pier and landed the men, ha caused the boat; to be completely capsized, so as to test her self-righting powers. In 20 seconds from the moment she capsized she had righted herself again, ind completely emptied herself of the water. Mr. \ldrich, R.N., commander of the coastguard, who is I foremost in leading a crew to the rescue, at Margate, expressed himself quite satisfied with the working of the boat. The other boat, which had been at Margate, was quite useless, owing to her great length and shallowness. This new boat can carry 40 persons besides her crew. Great credit is due to the local committee and their secretaries, Mr. Isaacson and Mr. Aldrich, for the manner in which all the arrangements for the interesting ceremony were carried out.

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