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Lifeboat at Ramsgate

Lifeboat at Ramsgate
This lifeboat named Lady of Hilbre, is a Mersey class Lifeboat and was based at Hoylake, she was apparently put into store at Ramsgate in 2015, she looks in full working order to me, and vessel finder says she was last launched 29/5/20.

History of Ramsgate lifeboat station,

Ramsgate Lifeboat Station is an RNLI station located in the Port of Ramsgate in the English county of Kent. The station is one of the oldest to operate in the British Isles and has launched to many notable services. Over the years its crews have won over 50 awards for gallantry.

A lifeboat station was first established at Ramsgate Harbour in 1802 by the trustees of the harbour, pre dating the formation of any national lifeboat organisation by more than 20 years. After a lapse in service between 1824 and 1851 a station was re-established by the trustees.
In 1865, the lifeboat was taken over by the Board of Trade and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and was eventually taken over completely by the RNLI, who run the service to this day. The current lifeboat station, on the harbour wall between the inner and outer pools of the main harbour opened in 1998 and services both an onshore lifeboat, the 'Bob Turnbull' and offshore lifeboat, the 'RNLB Esme Anderson'.

Dunkirk evacuation
During the evacuation of Troops from Dunkirk in 1940, Lifeboat Prudential, of Ramsgate was the first little ship to the rescue. The Lifeboat left Ramsgate at 2.20 in the afternoon with Coxswain Howard Primrose Knight in command with her own crew of eight men. They had been issued with gas masks, steel helmets and the lifeboat was loaded with four coils of grass warp and cans of fresh water for the troops. She took in tow eight boats, most of them wherries, manned by eighteen naval men, and when she reached Dunkirk her part was to tow the wherries between the beaches and the waiting ships. In total she rescued 2800 troops from the beaches.

In May this year there was due to be a return to Dunkirk by many of the little ships but it has been posponed due to the pandemic.


Léopold, Thorsten Aurin, Jakvo, Fred Fouarge and 12 other people have particularly liked this photo

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 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Very interesting, John !
4 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautifully captured.
4 months ago.
Ecobird club
A lovely shot John and very interesting notes. The lifeboat does look in very good condition. I am surprised another use for her has not been found
4 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Very interesting information John and an excellent shot. What a great job they do. I agree that she looks in good condition.
4 months ago.
Ruth club
Superb shot of the lifeboat John. They do a marvellous job.
4 months ago.
Ruth club
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting History
4 months ago.
Ruth club
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
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4 months ago.
Jean club
A lovely shot of this boat. We don't appreciate the RNLI enough.
4 months ago.
tiabunna club
Interesting information and looking near new.
4 months ago.
HappySnapper club
Presumably a standby for use by the RNLI, seems a shame just to leave it there. A one or two of these and older boats lay off shore at Wells-Next-The-Sea, I'm only guessing but I think they are decommissioned there where vital equipment is removed before passing into private ownership.
4 months ago.
Léopold club
Il est joliment exposé dans sa splendeur impeccable.
6 weeks ago.

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