The 150th year of the Girvan lifeboat is being celebrated at the McKechnie Institute in a special exhibition.
The exhibition was opened by South Ayrshire provost Helen Moonie on Friday.
Current Girvan lifeboat coxswain Robert McMaster also took the opportunity to appeal for new volunteers.
“Without the 40,000 volunteers there would be no RNLI, and the Girvan crews have saved the lives of more than 230 people and helped countless more. If anyone is interested in learning more about volunteering we welcome newcomers to the team, and are pleased to invite them to visit on any Monday evening at 6:45 to meet the crew and have a look around.”
And minutes have emerged from the first ever meeting that the Girvan lifeboat was born out of.
The minutes read: “At a meeting of merchant ship owners and others, held within the Town Hall Girvan upon the 20th April 1864 to take into consideration a communication from the secretart of the RNLI in London.
“In time stating that Alexander Kay Esq of Glasgow had stated his readiness to pay the cost of a lifeboat to be stationed in Girvan, upon the condition therein stated which conditions were read to the meeting.
“The following resolutions were moved seconded and unanimously agreed an opinin that a lifeboat stationed at Girvan would be a great service to the shipping interests generally and particularly to the shipping interests of the Clyde and an invaluable boon to the district and the meeting cordially accept Mr Kay’s donation of a lifeboat to be stationed at Girvan. Second; that the following gentlemen be appointed to a committee to carry out the object of the doner.” These were: “Vis the two Bailies Samuel McClymont, agent Robert McKechine, merchant Thomas McKechnie, JJ M Blair Merchant, Capt Clachan, Capt Grange, John Lusk Merchant, John McCracken Merchant, Archie McCracken Merchant, John B Rop banker, Mathew morton Merchant, Joseph McQuaker agent, Walter Andrews banker, Robert Inglis factor bargany, John MacClimont banker, Mr Brown JR Banker, Kennedy Brown Writer, Robert Smith banker and Captain Graham, any five a quorum.”