John Lawrence

John Lawrence

Posted on 06/09/2018


Photo taken on September 23, 2014



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Boats and Ships

Lifeboat

Lifeboat 

WILLIAM & KATE JOHNSTON was launched in the summer of 1923 and was designed as a prototype lifeboat by James R. Barnett, the consulting naval architect to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. At the time of her launch, she was the largest lifeboat in the world. She went on station at New Brighton, covering the entrance of the Mersey and replacing the steam lifeboat QUEEN. Her inaugural ceremony took place on 24 September 1924 at the Prince's Landing Stage, Liverpool, where she was named by Mrs. Stewart Johnston. The cost of building her, a sum of £16,084, had been provided out of gifts from Mr. Stewart and his sister Mrs. W. Kendall. Their gifts were supplemented with money raised by the Liverpool Motor Lifeboat Fund. On 24 November 1928, she went to the aid of the French steamer EMILE DELMAS. She rescued the crew, receiving some damage in the process and set a course home to New Brighton. During the return journey, the lifeboat's bowman and the chief engineer were washed overboard and the engine room was flooded. Although the bowman was picked up, the chief engineer was lost. When she returned to her station, coxswain George Robinson was awarded the silver medal for his efforts and bronze medals went to each crew member. The vessel also received a special award from the Government of France. Another outstanding rescue took place on 23 November 1938. WILLIAM & KATE JOHNSTON went to the aid of two casualties, saving three lives from the first vessel and four from the second. She sustained considerable damage, including three holes to her hull. Although this turned out to be quite serious, it did little to impair her seaworthiness. The silver medal went to coxswain William Jones for skill and courage, and bronze medals were awarded to three other members of the crew. In 1950, WILLIAM & KATE JOHNSTON was sold out of service having saved more than two hundred lives. She was stripped of her engines, batteries and specialist equipment. Her new owner, James Turner, re-named her LYMPHANY and fitted her with two Gleniffer paraffin motors. He sailed the boat from the Mersey, to the Caledonian coast and the Thames. The boat was then sold to Mr. L. Law in 1953. He took her to Salcombe where she was converted at Winters Yard, ready for use in 1954. Mr. Law and his family cruised in her to Brittany and ports in the West Country. In 1987, she was sold once again and moved to Hartlepool. The current owners of WILLIAM & KATE JOHNSTON are extensively restoring her, whilst preserving her in a seagoing condition. She is available for charter, training and corporate hospitality.

Seen here at a mooring in Ramsgate harbour 2014


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fifi, kiiti, Malik Raoulda, Aschi "Freestone" and 11 other people have particularly liked this photo


17 comments - The latest ones
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Very beautiful and useful !! A great picture, John ! Thank you for sharing !!!
4 months ago.
Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne
Excellent shot and good information. Thank you.
4 months ago.
slgwv
slgwv
An illustrious career!
4 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Wonderful harbour scene.
Thank you for the info.
4 months ago.
Ruth
Ruth
Fabulous shot of this wonderful lifeboat John. Excellent narrative too.
4 months ago.
Ruth
Ruth
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting History
4 months ago.
Ruth
Ruth
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting Aeroplanes and Boats
4 months ago.
Pat29
Pat29
Excellent capture JOhn
4 months ago.
StoneRoad2013
StoneRoad2013
Very Nice !
4 months ago.
StoneRoad2013 has added
Thanks for posting - and the extensive information; much appreciated
4 months ago.
Jean
Jean
A beautiful boat and an interesting history.
4 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Awesome maritime shot!

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4 months ago.
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
Pleased to see there's still lots of mileage in the heroic old lady!
Excellent shot!
4 months ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
Quite a history. Nice to think that she is still so valued!
4 months ago.
MaggsMep
MaggsMep
Lovely shot and great history. Thanks for sharing it John.
4 months ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
Remarquable avec un bel angle de prise +++++
4 months ago.
HappySnapper
HappySnapper
Excellent documentary of this old timer and she still looks in good shape
4 months ago.