The Scarborough RNLI has issued a press release stating the Lifeboat house will close on 8th December: Lifeboats News Release: Date: Author: David Barry
Scarborough RNLI is going afloat next month, to prepare for the demolition of the lifeboathouse - The two lifeboats will be moored in the harbour while the lifeboathouse is demolished and a new one built.
Two temporary portacabins will be placed in a corner of the harbour for the crew to use as an office, changing rooms, etc The lifeboathouse will close on 8 December. This coincides with the 60th anniversary of the capsize in 1954 of the lifeboat ECJR, near the harbour mouth while returning from service. Wreaths will be laid at sea in memory of the three crew members who died: coxswain John Sheader, Francis Bayes and John Cammish. Coxswain Tom Clark and other RNLI personnel will mark the station closure with a short service beginning at 3pm to remember all those who have not returned to shore. The lifeboathouse flag will be lowered. Everyone is welcome to attend the service. Lifeboat operations manger John Senior said: “The coxswain and crew very much look forward to seeing you on the day and thank you all for your support for the RNLI and the Scarborough lifeboat and crew.”
Launch and recovery:
• The Shannon needs a bespoke launch and recovery system. She is designed to be mostly launched and recovered from a beach, but without the right launching equipment, this is impossible. The RNLI worked with Supacat Ltd developing a system capable of launching and recovering the Shannon class lifeboat from the beach at all states of the tide.
• The total cost of the Supacat launch and recovery system is £1.5M. Scarborough RNLI’s Supacat will be part-funded by two separate legacies. The RNLI hopes that the appeal will raise the remaining £200,000. Any monies raised above the appeal target will be used for the general running costs of the lifeboat station.
Scarborough RNLI’s Shannon class lifeboat: In 2015, Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather Mersey class lifeboat Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs will be nearing the end of her operational life. She is set to be replaced by the newest member of the RNLI fleet, a Shannon class lifeboat.
Scarborough RNLI’s £2m Shannon class lifeboat has been funded by donations from the F W Plaxton Charitable Trust. The trust was set up following the death of the settlor Frederic ‘Eric’ Plaxton to ensure that the proceeds of his estate be applied to charitable purposes for the benefit of the inhabitants of Scarborough in memory of his father, Frederick William Plaxton. FW Plaxton was the founder of Scarborough-based coach building firm Plaxton Ltd, and the new lifeboat will be named in his memory.
The Shannon class lifeboat
• The Shannon class lifeboat is the first modern RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets and not propellers.
• Capable of 25 knots, the Shannon is 50% faster than the lifeboats it replaces – ensuring that those in need are reached even faster. To date (August 2014) the RNLI can confirm that the following stations will receive a Shannon class lifeboat: Amble, Douglas, Dungeness, Exmouth, Fleetwood, Hoylake, Ilfracombe, Llandudno, Lough Swilly, Lowestoft, Montrose, Scarborough, Skegness, Selsey, St Ives, Swanage, Wells and Workington. All other stations are yet to be confirmed.
Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.
The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland