LBES are very pleased to announce that they’ve just published in full colour, issue number 2 (Autumn 2017) Edition of their magazine Lifeboats Past and Present.
This is a full 52 pages packed with lifeboat focused articles and features, including;
The naming ceremonies of four new 13m Shannon class lifeboats at Bridlington, Llandudno, Selsey and Poole (Relief) are celebrated.
New ILB naming ceremonies including the new Atlantic 85 at Penlee and (x2 boats) at Happisburgh are celebrated!
Spectacular images of the RNLI in Co. Antrim featuring the Red Bay and Larne crews on exercise.
Lifeboat Station Focus looks at Kinghorn as it celebrates 50 years on the Forth.
The popular Ex Lifeboat Roundup features strongly with a plethora of current news on a multitude of historic lifeboats.
Modelling Matters brings the exciting model lifeboat action at Haydock Park into colourful focus.
The Arancia IRBs now working alongside lifeboats are discussed in detail.
Steve Landells details the history and restoration of the veteran lifeboat Henry Frederick Swan currently taking place in South Shields, the spiritual home of lifeboat design.
Closed Station featured in this edition is Southport and the pulling lifeboats that were deployed there.
Howard Richings in Slipping Into The Future provides a fascinating article on the slipway launching of the Tamar class lifeboats. The technological challenges associated with this spectacular launching method are discussed as the RNLI takes it forward into the 21 Century.
A full report of the very well attended autumn Lifeboat Enthusiasts Meeting that was held in Chatham Historic Dockyard on October 28th 2017.
Lifeboat listings keeps us up to date with all the latest lifeboat movements throughout the RNLI.
High quality photographs are included throughout the magazine, supporting many of the written articles and also of course, imparting a rich visual narrative of their own.
To ensure your copy of this excellent magazine you will need to be a member of the LBES, if you’re not then full joining details are listed the JOIN US section of this website.
Lifeboat Enthusiasts (and guests) came to Chatham for lifeboats, presentation, fun and even more lifeboats . . .
The Lifeboat Enthusiasts’ Autumn Meeting was held on Saturday 28th October 2017 from 14:00 at the Commissioners House within the Historic Dockyard, Chatham, ME4 4TE
The Speaker was Callum Ives (Hon Sec LBES) and his subject (with supporting digital imagery) was: “Solent Class Survivor – The Story of 48-005”. He discussed the rescue and renovation of ON1008, additionally touching briefly on other privately owned 48’6” Oakley and Solent Class Lifeboats in the UK historic fleet. The talk was very well received with particularly enthusiastic audience interaction at the closing Q&A session.
Peter Woolhouse the LBES Chairman did a splendid job in organising the event, a healthy contingent of RNLI LBES Members and their invited guests were in attendance. There was a lively atmosphere and friends (old and new) were able to catch up with each other.
The usual sale of lifeboat memorabilia took place during the day. This aspect was efficiently run by Adrian and Sue Clutterbuck. Many thanks to them and all individuals/organisations who brought lifeboat related items for sale.
It was also a great opportunity to enjoy the RNLI’s largest collection of heritage lifeboats. HLC Volunteers were in attendance on the day to answer questions, and we were all able to see lifeboat history at first hand.
Many thanks to all who helped organise and attended this very enjoyable event, hope to see you all at the AGM and Midlands Meeting in May 2018.
The Lifeboat Enthusiasts bring together all those with a keen interest in Lifeboats and the Lifeboat Service. We exist to support the RNLI and provide an interchange of information between the RNLI and our members on the many different aspects of Lifeboats, past, present and future.
Founded in 1964, we have a thriving membership which includes serving or ex RNLI management/crew/station supporters/staff, fundraisers and everyone who has an interest in the history of the RNLI, modern developments, memorabilia collecting, lifeboat modelling, owning and running historic former lifeboats.
Many Lifeboat Enthusiast members have a passion and talent for building (and sailing) scale models of lifeboats both current and historic either scratch built from plans or from commercial kits. This is a vibrant and thriving area of interest within Lifeboat Enthusiasts, there is much expertise and relevant contacts available to help with all aspects of model lifeboat building.
*Currently the RNLI is redesigning it’s online shop facility which includes the supply of lifeboat plans, this facility will be unavailable until early 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. Some RNLI Lifeboat Plans are available (at a cost) from the archives of The Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF.
For any other Lifeboat Model based questions, please contact our Model Lifeboat Advisor, Adrian Clutterbuck;
The Well House, 27 Smith Street, Spraton, Northampton, NN6 8HW.