Angle Lifeboat Station
Angle Lifeboat Station, Pembrokeshire, first opened in 1868 after a letter from the local Coastguard requested a lifeboat station within the Milford Haven Waterway. Called Milford Lifeboat Station until 1892 when it was changed at a Royal National Lifeboat Institution committee meeting; the station operates a Tamar-class lifeboat Mark Mason and a D-class lifeboat SuperG II. The station was established by the RNLI in 1868, although three silver medals had been awarded for rescues. A boat house and wooden slipway were built, the latter replaced by a stronger slipway in 1888. A new boathouse and roller slipway were built in 1927 and two years the station took delivery of its first motor-lifeboat. In 1991 construction began of a new, larger and slipway adjacent to the 1927 structure. Following completion in 1992, the old boathouse and slipway were demolished. In the 1990s an inshore lifeboat station was established and in 1996 a D-class lifeboat, D-493 Isabella Mary began service at the station; the 1992 all-weather lifeboat station was able to be adapted for the new, Tamar class lifeboat and in 2009 the station took delivery of the Tamar-class, 16-11 Mark Mason.
The first rescue in which the crew received medals was in the rescue of 27 people who were on board the 1878-built Loch Shiel which had run into rocks off Thorn Island. Two lifeboat crew members and the honorary secretary received silver medals. One of the crew members was Thomas Rees, he is buried in the church yard at St Mary's. It was said that the lifeboat was unable to reach the crew of the Loch Shiel, but these brave people managed to get to them by climbing around Thorn island and getting a rope to the ship, they held on by their finger tips to achieve this. The rescue is otherwise noteworthy as it is described as Wales' "Whisky Galore"; the Loch Shiel was carrying goods from Scotland to Adelaide and included gunpowder, beer and 7,500 cases of Glasgow whisky. Much of this was never recovered; some of the bottles are still amongst the wreck which are described as "undrinkable", but much of the cargo was only recovered by the customs men. It was said. In 1999, bottles of beer from the wreck were auctioned for £1000 per bottle.
The next award was a bronze medal awarded to Coxswain James Watkins for rescuing 28 people on 26 November 1929 from the single-screw steamship Molesley, caught by a sudden wind change and a poor decision by its captain. James Watkins went on to be awarded a silver medal for rescuing 6 people in 1944 from the motor boat Thor, a year another bronze medal for a difficult rescue of nine people from the steamer Walter L M Russ. More Coxswain William John Rees Holmes has been awarded two bronze medals; the first was in 1977 when the tanker Donna Marike was thought to be about to explode and the lifeboat stood by her in December 1976. The second bronze medal was for rescuing three people from the fishing boat Cairnsmore on 1 December 1978. In 1997 a third coxswain, Jeremy R. Rees, his crew were awarded another bronze medal for rescuing four people after their motor boat, Dale Princess, was blown onto cliffs on Skomer Island; the rescue was made in stormy seas. Royal National Lifeboat Institution List of RNLI stations The official website of Angle lifeboat The station page on the RNLI website
At 17 metres long, the Severn class is the largest lifeboat operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Introduced to service in 1996, the class is named after the River Severn, the longest river in Great Britain, they are stationed at 35 locations around the coasts of the United Kingdom and Ireland to provide coverage up to 50 miles out to sea. In the 1980s the RNLI's fast Arun and Waveney all-weather lifeboats provided coverage 30 miles out to sea, operating at up to 18 knots to cover the distance in two hours in good weather. However, the RNLI felt that they needed the capability to extend their coverage to 50 miles radius, which would require lifeboats with a top speed of 25 knots; this resulted in the 17-metre Severn and 14-metre Trent lifeboats. The prototype Severn was named Maurice and Joyce Hardy. Trials started the following year and lasted until 1998. In 1995, the boat was de-named. Problems were encountered during the trials with the "skegs" that protected the propellers, but were designed to protect the hull by breaking off if the boat hit rocks, as the first ones were too broken.
Crashing through heavy seas at full speed caused damage to the hull, too. It was transferred to training work when it carried operational number TL-02 and was named Peter and Marion Fulton, but was withdrawn in 2004, it was sold in 2005. Sold to Montrose Marine Services ltd in 2011 and renamed Eileen May. Sold 2019 into private ownership, based North Wales coast; the first production Severn was The Will. It had been built in 1995 by Berthon Boat Co for Stornoway but had to undergo several modifications before it was fit for service, it was placed in the relief fleet in 1996 and shown to many lifeboat stations where the class was expected to be deployed. It so impressed the crew at Falmouth that they pressed the RNLI to station it there until their own boat was built, so it was stationed there from January 1997 until December 2001 when it was replaced by Richard Scott Cox. In the mean time Tom Sanderson had been deployed at Stornoway in 1999; the Will returned to the relief fleet after its time at Falmouth and has continued in that role since.
Construction of its sister boats continued until 2005. Severns are constructed of fibre reinforced composite material, their hard chine semi-displacement hull is built so that it will stay afloat with two of its five compartments flooded. For added manoeuvrability, in addition to twin engines, the Severn has a bow thruster fitted; the propellers are enclosed. A Y-class inflatable boat can be deployed by an on-board crane for use in shallow water or confined spaces. Severns have comprehensive electronics systems that include full MF and VHF DSC radio equipment, differential GPS navigator, an electronic chart system, VHF radio direction finder and weather sensors. Provision for survivors includes comprehensive first aid equipment including stretchers and Entonox, they carry a portable salvage pump in a water-tight container, can carry out pumping and fire-fighting tasks using the engine-driven general service pump. RNLI Fleet:Severn Class
Selsey Lifeboat Station
Selsey Lifeboat Station is an RNLI station located in the town of Selsey in the English county of West Sussex in the United Kingdom. The station operates a Shannon-class lifeboat Denise and Eric, launched via SLARS from the main boathouse which stands onshore at the Kingsway, Selsey; the station operates a D-class inshore lifeboat, RNLB Betty and Thomas Moore. In 2017, Selsey received a new 25 knot Shannon Class Lifeboat after 34 years of service by Tyne-class lifeboats RNLB City of London and RNLB Voluntary Worker the longest of any station in the RNLI; the establishment of a lifeboat service in Selsey was in 1861 with RNLB The Friend. For the station's first 25 years the lifeboat's Coxswain was James Lawrence. On his retirement from the service in 1886 he was awarded a RNLI silver medal in acknowledgment of his long and valuable lifesaving service, highlighting rescues such as those of the brigs Governor Maclean and Sharah Ann, the schooners Exel and Henrietta, the barques Sueine Meinde, Tranmere, the schooner Kyanite.
In 1925 work began on the construction of a new boathouse built on a piled platform with a gangway leading to it from the shore. The gangway incorporated a trolley track. In 1927 the boathouse was once more re-built to enable it to house the station's new motor lifeboat. During the Second World War the station had a busy time; the Watson-class lifeboat RNLB Canadian Pacific made many trips to rescue pilots from fallen aeroplanes and was launched on service 50 times. In one rescue on 11 July 1940, the lifeboat saved the life of Squadron Leader John Peel, the commanding officer of 145 Squadron based at Tangmere, he was forced to ditch his Hurricane into the sea off Selsey Bill after sustaining damage in a fight with German Bombers. Peel was in the water with just a Mae West life saving jacket, but he was pulled from the water by Canadian Pacific only minutes after ditching. Canadian Pacific remained on station until 1969 and records show that she went on 286 services and rescued 157 lives. In 1952 and into 1953 the boathouse's substructure was improved and strengthened and the slipway was lengthened.
In 1958 the boathouse was re-built as the old structure had become unsafe and unserviceable due to years of coastal erosion. The new station was built with reinforced concrete and the deep water roller slipway was re-configured to have a gradient of 1:5; the station was given a new fabricated steel approach gangway from the shore. In 1968 the service at Selsey was enhanced with the establishment of an inshore lifeboat rescue division; this new service started in March of that year with the new lifeboat kept in a boathouse located by the approach gangway to the all-weather boathouse. The inshore lifeboat was launched on a newly constructed gangway laid on the shingle beach to the eastern side of the main slipway; the first inshore lifeboat was a D-class lifeboat. Further improvements were made to the inshore service with the construction of a new boathouse in 1987, the new structure including a new crew room, storeroom and a souvenir shop. In 2011 the station celebrated its 150 years as a continuously active lifeboat station.
The occasion was marked by the RNLI by awarding the station as a whole an award on vellum which recognised the station's 150 years of dedicated service in the pursuit of saving lives at sea. A brand new station was built onshore at the Kingsway, Selsey that allowed for the first time all elements of the RNLI at Selsey to come together under one roof on a single site, the new boathouse provides a fund raising shop, engagement spaces, access to the viewing gallery of the boat halls that hold the All Weather and Inshore lifeboat, a crew training room and offices, mechanics workshop and stores and for the first time a bespoke changing area for the crew. On 1 April 2017, the station's Tyne class lifeboat Voluntary Worker was launched down the slipway from the boathouse for the final time, to be kept at moorings until its was replaced by the new Shannon class lifeboat during the summer, The Shannon is carriage launched from a brand new boathouse built on shore at the Kingsway, Selsey; the old Slipway station was demolished and removed June-July 2017, the seabed returned to its natural state.
Voluntary Worker was returned to Poole HQ in July 2017 where it is waiting to be sold. After intensive training the stations new Shannon class lifeboat Denise and Eric was placed on service July 2017, named on 21st September 2017 at a ceremony held at Selsey's new onshore lifeboat station
Salcombe Lifeboat Station
Salcombe Lifeboat Station is the base for Royal National Lifeboat Institution search and rescue operations at Salcombe, Devon in England. The first lifeboat was stationed in the town in 1869; the Salcombe Lifeboat has twice capsized, in 1916 with the loss of 13 lives, in 1983 with no loss of life. Since 2008 the station has operated a Tamar-class all weather boat and an Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat. Salcombe lies near the mouth of the Kingsbridge Estuary. A little to the east is Prawle Point where, on 10 December 1868, thirteen people died in the wreck of the Gossamer; the following year saw the opening of a lifeboat slipway at South Sands. This is south of the town, but north of The Bar which makes navigation difficult for boats passing in and out of the estuary. In 1922 the lifeboat was moved to moorings nearer the town; the boathouse was used as a store. The neighbouring stations at Brixham and Plymouth were equipped with motor lifeboats in 1922 and 1926 respectively, it was thought that this would allow them to cover larger areas and so Salcombe was closed in 1925.
The closure proved ill-advised and so a station was reopened at Salcombe in December 1930, itself equipped with a motor lifeboat. Crew facilities were placed in the Unity Building on the quay; this now includes a museum and display area. In 1993 an ILB was stationed at Salcombe. A boathouse for this was built beside the existing crew facilities. A new pontoon for the moored lifeboat was provided in 1994; the lifeboat William and Emma was launched on 27 October 1916 to go to the aid of the schooner Western Lass, ashore beyond Prawle Point. By the time the crew of fifteen had rowed to the wreck, the schooner's crew had been rescued to the shore by the coastguard; the lifeboat turned for home but, approaching South Sands, capsized near The Bar. Thirteen of the crew drowned; the station was closed for a short while but reopened with a self-righter lifeboat and a new crew the following year. The Watson-class were not inherently self-righting but, after the capsize of the Fraserburgh Lifeboat in 1970, they were fitted with air bags that could be used to bring them back upright should they capsize.
This was put to the test when Baltic Exchange was aiding a dinghy which had overturned in a force 9 gale on 10 April 1983. The lifeboat capsized too; the crew rescued their one-member, washed overboard and put into Brixham, the dinghy crew having been winched off by helicopter. The volunteer crews of the RNLI do not expect reward or recognition for their work, but the records include many rescues that have been recognised by letters and medals from the RNLI management; this list is just some of the most notable. On 7 December 1939, a few months after the start of World War II, the Samuel and Marie Parkhouse went to the aid of the SS Louis Sheid; this had picked up 62 survivors from the SS Tajandoen, torpedoed by Günther Prien's U-47 but was now in trouble herself after hitting rocks near Thurlestone. It took the lifeboat crew two journeys to Hope Cove to land the survivors of the tordepoed ship, but the Louis Sheid's own crew got ashore after it ran aground in Bigbury Bay. Coxswain Edwin Distin was awarded the RNLI Silver Medal for his seamanship during this rescue.
The remainder of the crew were awarded bronze medals. Four years Distin was himself awarded a bronze medal when, on 4 December 1943, he rescued eleven people from a salvage craft off Start Point. On 8 January 1992, the Baltic Exchange II went to help the MV Janet C, adrift without power near Start Point; the crew managed to get a line across and held the 1,200 long tons coaster off the rocks for three hours until a tug was able to take over the tow. Coxswain/Mechanic Frank Smith was awarded a bronze medal for his courage and determination during this service; the main crew facilities are in a three-storey building on the waterfront of Union Street. Next door is a constructed single-storey boathouse for the ILB with its own slipway; the RNLI aims to reach any casualty up to 50 miles from its stations, within two hours in good weather. To do this the Tamar class lifeboat at Salcombe has an operating range of 250 nautical miles and a top speed of 25 knots. Adjacent lifeboats are at Plymouth Lifeboat Station to the west, Torbay to the east.
Tamar ALB 16-09 Baltic Exchange III, kept afloat alongside. Atlantic 85 ILB B-905 Gladys Hilda Mustoe, launched by hand down a slipway.'ON' is the RNLI's sequential Official Number. No.' is the operational number painted onto the boat. List incomplete List of RNLI stations Barrett, Roger; the Salcombe Lifeboat Disaster - 27 October 1916. Salcombe RNLI. ISBN 9780993420900 Official station website RNLI station information
Lymington is a port town on the west bank of the Lymington River on the Solent, in the New Forest district of Hampshire, England. It faces Isle of Wight, to which there is a car ferry service operated by Wightlink, it is within the civil parish of Pennington. The town has a large tourist industry, based on proximity to its harbour, it is a major yachting centre with three marinas. According to the 2011 census, Lymington had a population of 9,385; the earliest settlement in the Lymington area was around the Iron Age hill fort known today as Buckland Rings. The hill and ditches of the fort survive, archaeological excavation of part of the walls was carried out in 1935; the fort has been dated to around the 6th century BC. There is another supposed Iron Age site at nearby Ampress Hole. However, evidence of settlement there is sparse before Domesday book. Lymington itself began as an Anglo-Saxon village; the Jutes arrived in the area from the Isle of Wight in the 6th century and founded a settlement called Limentun.
The Old English word tun means a farm or hamlet whilst limen is derived from the Ancient British word *lemanos meaning an elm tree. The town is recorded in Domesday as "Lentune". About 1200, the lord of the manor, William de Redvers created the borough of New Lymington around the present quay and High Street, while Old Lymington comprised the rest of the parish, he gave the town the right to hold a market. The town became a parliamentary borough in 1585, returning two MPs until 1832, when its electoral base was expanded, its representation was reduced to one member under the Second Reform Act of 1867, it was subsumed into the New Forest Division under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. Lymington was famous for salt-making from the Middle Ages up to the 19th century. There was an continuous belt of salt workings along the coast toward Hurst Spit. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, Lymington possessed a military depot that included a number of foreign troops – artillery but several militia regiments.
At the time of the Napoleonic Wars, the King's German Legion-Artillery was based near Portchester Castle and sent sick soldiers to Lymington or Eling Hospital. As well as Germans and Dutch, there were French regiments, they were raised to take part in the ill-fated Quiberon Invasion of France, from. From the early 19th century, Lymington had a thriving shipbuilding industry associated with Thomas Inman, builder of the schooner Alarm, which famously raced the American yacht America in 1851. Much of the town centre is Victorian and Georgian, with narrow cobbled streets in the area of the quay. Lymington promotes stories about its smuggling. There are unproven stories of smugglers' tunnels running from the old inns and under the High Street to the town quay. Lymington was one of the boroughs reformed by the Municipal Corporations Act 1835. In 1932 the borough was extended to include Milton, the parishes of Milford on Sea and Pennington, parts of Lymington Rural District, so extending it along the coast to the edge of Christchurch.
The borough of Lymington was abolished on 1 April 1974 under the terms of the Local Government Act 1972, becoming an unparished area in the district of New Forest, with Charter Trustees. The area was subsequently divided into the four parishes of New Milton and Pennington, Milford-on-Sea and Hordle. Due to changes in planning legislation, many older areas of the town have been redeveloped. Houses have been replaced with blocks of flats and retirement homes. In a Channel 5 programme, Lymington received the accolade of "best town on the coast" in the UK for living, for scenery, transport links and low crime levels. Lymington New Forest Hospital opened in 2007; this has a Minor Injuries Unit but no Emergency facility. The nearest are at Southampton General Hospital, 16 miles away, the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, 14.5 miles away. The main Anglican parish church is the St Thomas in the high street; the northern neighbourhoods of the town are Buckland and Lower Buckland, the latter adjoining the Lymington River.
However, due to confusion with Buckland, Portsmouth in Hampshire, many people refer to themselves and their businesses here as Lymington. The poet Caroline Anne Bowles was died at Buckland Cottage. Pennington is a village near to Lymington, but is separated from the town by several schools with playing fields. Upper Pennington is a northern residential offshoot of Pennington, more rural in character entirely surrounded by heath and farmland. Lymington yacht basin and mudflats make up the former docks area known as Waterford. Woodside consists of a small southern triangle of residential roads, gardens and a cricket ground, which includes a manor house, church community hall, All Saints, Lymington; the church was built in 1909 by W. H. Romaine-Walker, architect of Danesfield House, Moreton Hall and the Tate Gallery extension, a student of the High Victorian architect George Edmund Street. Normandy is a coastal hamlet by a small dock and estuary, it includes the buildings Little Normandy and Normandy Farm.
The last backs onto an early 19th-century listed building. The high street has seen rapid change over the last few years, with an increasing presence of chain stores and coffee-shop franchises. There is a local market, one of the New Forest producers' markets, held at the Masonic hall once a month