To access a full list of RNLI inshore and offshore lifeboats including offshore after service details, you’ll need to buy the A5 104 page “LIFEBOAT ENTHUSIASTS’ HANDBOOK 2018”.
During May to August 2018, (see here for full dates and details) the beautifully restored historic 1960 built 47′ Watson Class lifeboat ON958 “Laura Moncur” now owned and maintained by Mark Waltham and his sister Niki, will undertake a privately funded tour of the UK and Ireland raising funds for the RNLI.
She will visit all the RNLI stations she either worked at or called into during her working life with the RNLI between 1961 – 1988.
Mark and Niki are looking for a volunteer crew member on each leg of the tour, who can assist under passage, persons with some (even a little is fine) seagoing experience would be ideal for this role. There is no cost to the crew to join them on the voyage but you will be expected to provide your own succor as required.
There are additional places (up to 2 per leg) available for each leg as a passenger/guest, anyone with or without seagoing experience is eligible for this role. They ask for a minimum donation of £1 per nautical mile which will be added to the total raised for the RNLI.
If the chance to experience a voyage in a genuine historic ex RNLI lifeboat equipped with twin iconic Gardner 5LW engines appeals to you, then email Mark to book your place onboard at; ON958@talktalk.net
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.
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