THE SERVICE RECORD Of
The DUNGENESS LIFEBOATS

Produced by Derek Buckland & Tony Taylor Published by Margaret F. Bird & Associates

8 Cannon Street, Lydd, Kent, TN29 9AS

Summer 2002


About this book

Derek Buckland was in 2002, the Chairman of Fundraising and Souvenir Secretary RNLI Lifeboat Station, Dungeness.

Tony Taylor has visited the Romney Marsh area for thirty years, becoming a resident of Lydd two years ago.

Edward Carpenter is a well-known local historian and author. His most recent book is Romney Marsh at War (1999) published by Sutton Publishing Limited, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Margaret (Maggie) Bird is editor and producer of About the Romney Marsh Vols. 1, 2 & 3, and various other small local books, and was a long-time resident of Lydd. Maggie took early responsibility for typing and collating this book. Her considerable help to the rest of us has seen it to completion. She has now retired and is living in Gloucestershire.

INTRODUCTION

I am delighted to have been asked to write an introduction to this book on the services of the Dungeness Lifeboat; it is a book that needed to be written and written before memories become vague and the passage of time erases names and muddles dates.

I congratulate Derek Buckland and Tony Taylor on their achievement to help preserve these records for Future generations.This coast of Romney Marsh has always been notorious for wrecks, many ships and lives having been lost here over the years. That the human toll has not been even higher is due to the fact that the men of this coast have ever been prepared not only to risk, but also to give, their own lives to save others. The earliest official guardians of the coast were the Coast Blockade, formed in 1817, mainly to deal with smuggling, something which was rife on this coast. On their disbandment the Coastguard was formed in 1831, under the jurisdiction of the Royal Navy. As well as their role as guardians of the coast, the Coastguards manned the early lifeboats, helped by local fishermen who, when the Coastguard service became greatly reduced in numbers, took over the manning of the Dungeness Lifeboat.

Some of the early history of the Dungeness Station has been lost through time, and is rather complicated because of the earlier positioning of lifeboats at Martello Tower 27, the area known today as St. Mary's Bay, then at Littlestone, and finally at Dungeness, and to add to confusion it was called the Lydd Lifeboat. In 1861, however, it became Dungeness Station when the lifeboat Providence arrived, but within an extremely short time the lifeboat was moved back to Littlestone, and it was not until the lifeboat David Huleit came to Dungeness in 1874 that the continuous succession of lifeboats from this station began.

The manning of all the Dungeness lifeboats to the present day has been exemplary, with Lieutenant Francis 1-lenslow, R.N., H.M.Coastguard, setting a fine example in 1832, when he was awarded the RNLI Silver Medal for gallantry in leading his crewmen to rescue the crew of the Brig Osiris off our coast in a severe gale. Records show that one gold medal and eleven silver medals were awarded to members of H.M.Coastguard for services on this coast. The last of these silver medals, awarded to members of H.M.Coastguard, also involved the gallantry of local inhabitants.

The year 1891 is well remembered for the terrible storms which caused lives to be lost here on this coast. On the morning of the 11th November hurricane force winds drove the Swedish/Norwegian Brigantine Aeolus onto the Roar Bank. Many attempts were made to launch the R.A.O.B. from Dungeness; when it finally managed to get afloat with Coxswain James Lucas, H.M.Coastguard, at the helm, disaster struck, capsizing the lifeboat, sadly with the loss of two of the Coastguards.

The crew on board the Aeolus were now in a perilous situation unless another rescue bid could be made. it was local fisherman Isaac Tart, who had been in the R.A.O.B. when she capsized, who initiated making another attempt, using the Littlestone lifeboat, the Sandal Magna. This vessel, crewed by Coastguards and local inhabitants, braved the conditions and rescued the crew of the Aeolus. James Lucas received the R.N.L.I. silver medal and the lifeboat crew each received a silver medal from King Oscar 11 of Sweden and Norway.

Coxswain Douglas Oilier received a bronze medal for his service on 11/12 November 1929 after the David Barclay had been launched in a severe south-westerly gale to the casualty, the barge Marie May. After searching for many hours in darkness in atrocious weather, the barge was found off Hythe when daylight came, the crew having been rescued by the Hythe lifeboat. A bronze medal was also awarded to George Tart for his great achievement on the 29/30th July 1956. A hurricane force gale was blowing through the channel when a distress call came from the motor vessel Teeswood. She had already capsized when the Charles Cooper Henderson reached the scene. Coxswain Tart was directed to a group of men in the water in an area with a great deal of wreckage around them. With difficulty and great care ten men were rescued, though sadly one succumbed. Once the men had been landed at Dungeness the lifeboat returned to sea to aid the yacht Crevette only to find that it had been taken in tow. Three hours later the lifeboat was again to aid the yacht Right Royal which had sent out distress signals. After searching in these terrible sea conditions it was reported that the yacht was tied to the Dyck Light vessel and that a French lifeboat was on the way to her. Coxswain Tart and his noble crew had spent 18 hours of the last 22 hours at sea in appalling sea conditions.

In the early evening of 11 February 1974 the lifeboatmen were again called out in one of the worst gales seen for some time. The Mabel E. Holland was launched to the Motor Vessel Merc Texco as one of her crew had been injured when the cargo shifted. Such was the weather that attempts by helicopter were abandoned. The task was left to the lifeboat and its Coxswain Tom (Ben) Tart and his crew. A successful launching after many attempts in hurricane force winds was made and the lifeboat was on its way. When the casualty was finally reached, lifeboat crewman Peter Thomas managed with considerable difficulty to board the Merc Texco and supervise the transfer of the victim to the lifeboat. Once this was successfully completed the lifeboat made for Dungeness, battering through extremely rough seas. For this service Coxswain Tart was awarded the R.N.L.I. silver medal and Peter Thomas the bronze medal.

There have been many times when lifeboat crews all deserve medals, none more so than those of Dungeness whose testimonial is second to none. There have been only seven native coxswains in 108 years: John Pope, Douglas Oilier, George Tart, Tom Tart, Albert Haines, William Richardson and the present coxswain, Stuart Adams.

As expected of the R.N.L.I., their lifeboats were, and still are, of the highest standard, perhaps the favourite at Dungeness would be the Charles Cooper Henderson which served dependably here from 1933 to 1957 and was the relief boat at Dungeness until 1974, the lifeboat on which most of the coxswains and crews would have had experience.

And one must not forget the valuable assistance of the shore crews and the former Lady Launchers, without whose dedication the lifeboats could not operate.

In the days of the pulling and sailing lifeboats, there were no ship to shore communications, as such, no way of knowing when or whether the lifeboat would return safely: When the David Barclay was launched in May 1929 to the Marie May, the service took I 1 hours in exceptionally rough seas. The Honorary Secretary, Captain Quentin Crauford, R.N., wrote:

"We were much relieved, when dawn broke, to see our boat beating home in the offing. As there had been no news of her all night, some of us had feared that she might have been overwhelmed. There was still a very heavy surf and I judged it necessary to engage extra helpers. Most of the women launchers had been up all night and looked tired and it was essential to get the boat out of the surf as quickly as possible"

The launchers and shore crews also earned a special mention by the Honorary Secretary in 1944, when the lifeboat was launched to assist the steamship Fort Perrot. He said: "The men and women launchers dragged the lifeboat through heavy shingle with flying bombs, three at a time, passing overhead, and with shells of the shore batteries bursting round the bombs. For four hours they worked and waited, unsheltered, on this dangerous shore, while shrapnel from bursting shells, falling bullets and exploding bombs fell around them. They were, every one of them, courageous in their actions."

I think Captain Crauford's last sentence epitornises the lifeboat spirit at Dungeness.

Those who wish to know more about the Dungeness Lifeboat should read the excellent and comprehensive book The history of the Dungeness Lifeboats by Jeff Morris.

Edward Carpenter

Lydd, 2002


DUNGENESS

In the year 1861 a lifeboat named THE PROVIDENCE was presented to the R.N.L.I. by The Revd. H.J. Hutchesson, M.A. to supersede a previous lifeboat at this Station.

Between that date and August 1871 when she was replaced by a new boat she saved 49 lives from the following vessels:

(Lives saved in brackets)

21 Sept 1862 - Barque Cruiz V of Operto – (14)

19 Feb 1864 - Ship Golden Ace of Liverpool – (13)

24 Nov 1864 - Barque Louis 14th of Dunkirk – (15)

31 Dec 1865 - Smack Die Protege Alexandre, et Louis of Dieppe – (7)

She was also launched on ten other occasions to the aid of vessels in distress.

For a short while the Station was called LYDD STATION, the first lifeboat placed on this Station was sent here in 1874. It was presented by David Flulett Esq. of High Holborn London and was named DAVID HULETT.

The following is a list of services performed by this lifeboat and others to 2001


R.N.L.B. "David Hulett" 1874-1886

27 Oct 1874 - Chassernere Ville des Courts of Nantes (3)

7 Dec 1874 - Ship Jason of Greenock, rendered assistance

18 May 1876 - Barque Iltinatar of Makela Pittirsake (15)

11 Mar 1880 - Ship Livingston of Yarmouth N.S., remained by vessel

25 Nov 1880 - Barque Haab of Moss, rendered assistance

2 Mar 1882 - Brigantine Concordia of Guernsey (6)

10 Jan 1885 - Schooner Margaret of St. Ives (3)

3 Apr 1885 - Barque Queen Victoria of Dublin, remained by vessel

3 Nov 1886 - Barque Scotia of Rye, remained by vessel

R.N.L.B. R.A.O.B. (1st) 1886-1894

10 Feb 1889 - Elizabeth Alice, swept past vessel

29 Nov 1889 - Schooner Minnie Elkin of Carnarvan, saved vessel (6)

11 Nov 1890 - Aeolus Lifeboat capsized, 2 of crew lost

11 Nov 1890 - Barque Erwin Rickniers of Geesterminde, rendered assistance

24 Nov 1890 - S.S. Calypso of Bristol (14)

17 Nov 1893 - Johanne Marie Lifeboat capsized, 1 of crew lost

24 Feb 1894 - Barque Kelton of Glasgow, rendered assistance

R.N.L.B. R.A.O.B. (2nd) 1894-1912

15 Feb 1895 - Schooner Ben Aigen of Hull (4)

2 Aug 1895 - Ketch Appledram of Poole (2)

2 Nov 1898 - Schooner Queen of the Seas of Gravesend (7)

29 Nov 1898 - Schooner Meerenti of Riga, assisted to save vessel

31 Dec 1898 - Ship Glenard of Glasgow, rendered assistance

12 Jan 1899 - S.S. Elaine of Liverpool, stood by vessel

11 Apr 1900 - Barque Capella of Bremen, stood by vessel

8 Jan 1901 - S.S. Dragon of Falmouth, stood by vessel

6 Apr 1901 - S.S. Alcinous of Liverpool, stood by vessel

25 Nov 1902 - Barque Crown of India of Liverpool, rendered assistance

19 Feb 1904 - S.S. Lake Michigan of Liverpool, stood by vessel

20 Feb 1904 - S.S. Lake Michigan of Liverpool, landed 46 persons from Tug

8 Sept 1905 - Fishing Lugger St. Louis of Boulogne, assisted to save vessel (8)

15 Aug 1907 - Fishing Vessel Mizpah of Dungeness, saved boat (1)

6 Sept 1907 - S.S. Canibrie of Hull, assisted to save vessel

10 Nov 1907 - S.S. Bayard of Christama, stood by vessel

3 Dec 1907 - S.S. Perserverance of Boulogne, assisted vessel (11)

3 Nov 1908 - S.S. Orlando of Sundsvall, stood by vessel

3 Mar 1909 - Barque Josephine of London, assisted vessel (2)

19 June 1909 - H.M.S. Sappho, stood by vessel and landed (64)


R.N.L.B. MARY THERESA BOILEAU 1912-1939

10 Jan 1914 - S.S. Pomerol of Le Harvre, stood by vessel

26 Sept 1918 - Tug St. Keverne of Weymouth, assisted to save vessel (3)

8 Jan 1920 - Ketch Gelasena of Southampton, assisted vessel (4)

6 Dec 1920 - S.S. Sanjernando of Rouen, stood by vessel

13 Feb 1927 - S.S. Framwas of Christinham, stood by vessel

13 Feb 1927 - S.S. Bryntane of Swansea, stood by vessel

28 Feb 1927 - S.S. Fulinar of Liverpool, rendered assistance

17 Feb 1928 - Barque Jeanne D 'Arc of Le Harvre, stood by vessel

28 Jan 1929 - S.S. Ralveston of Grangemouth, stood by vessel

5 Mar 1930 - Eric Larsen of Bostock, stood by vessel

6 Jan 1931 - S.S. Nurfurenton of Newcastle, stood by vessel

R.N.L.B. THOMAS SIMCOX 1892 – 1915

30 Dec 1899 - S.S. Pelolas of Hamburg, remained by vessel

26 Jan 1903 - S.S. British Prince of Liverpool, rendered assistance

19/21 Feb 1904 - S.S. Lake Michigan of Liverpool, stood by vessel : transferred 46 persons to tug

22/25 Feb 1904 - S.S. Lake Michigan of Liverpool, stood by vessel

4/5 Nov 1906 - Barque Schiller of Bremen, rendered assistance (17)

26 Dec 1906 - Schooner Ringleader of Penzance, gave assistance (5)

7 Mar 1907 - Barque Roma of Pernau, assisted to save vessel

5 Apr 1908 - Fishing Smack Alice of Rye, stood by vessel

19/20 June 1909 - H.M.S. Sappho, stood by vessel and landed (25)

25 Feb 1910 - S.S. Black Braes of London, assisted to save vessel

12 Feb 1914 - Steam Tug Liniers of Buenos Ayres, assisted vessel (11)

17 Feb 1914 - Schooner Sarah Ann of Fowey, stood by vessel

R.N.L.B. DAVID BARCLAY OF TOTTENHAM - 1915-1933

5 Jan 1918 - S.S. Mogador of Casablanca, assisted to save vessel

17 Jan 1920 - S.S. Rainna of Leith, rendered assistance

11 Apr 1925 - Schooner Liesbet of Groningen, stood by vessel

29 Oct 1925 - Trawler Boy Claude of Lowestoft, stood by vessel

24 Feb 1927 - Barge Cambria of London (3)

24 Jan 1928 - Barge Lily of Whitstable, stood by vessel (3)

26 Oct 1928 - Ketch Hanna of Poole (4)

2 Feb 1929 - S.S. Dafila of Liverpool, stood by vessel

6 Oct 1929 - Barge Ironsides of Rochester (2)

8 Oct 1932 - Barge Shamrock of London (3)


R.N.L.B. CHARLES COOPER HENDERSON 1933-1957 (1st Motor Lifeboat)

23 Aug 1933 - Yacht Tinker of Yarmouth, I.O.W. saved yacht (3)

10 Aug 1934 - Yacht Bluebird, saved yacht (2)

31 Jan 1936 - S.S. Fedora of Genoa, stood by vessel

25 Sept 1936 - Aeroplane Boadicea, searched area

29 July 1936 - Yacht Crevette, searched area

30 July 1936 - M.V. Dora, searched area

13 Dec 1936 - S.S. Soudan of London, stood by vessel

9/10 Apr 1937 - S.S. Anverswlle of Antwerp, stood by vessel

8 May 1937 - S.S. Willesden of London, rendered assistance

21 May 1937 - Motor Yacht Hyperion of Harwich, saved yacht (1)

10 Dec 1937 - S.S. Ford Fisher of Barrow, stood by vessel

13 Feb 1938 - Barge Veravia of London, saved vessel (2)

16 Nov 1939 - S.D. Veloce of Napoli, stood by vessel

15 Mar 1940 - S.S. Panaghiotts of Piraeus, Greece, stood by vessel

30 May - 8 June 1940: Lifeboat to Dunkirk with Naval Crew

10 June 1940 - Small boat from France, landed (3)

16 June 1940 - Aeroplane, searched area

20 June 1940 - S.S. Roseburn of West Hartlepool, landed (10)

27 June 1940 - Aeroplane, landed pilot

25 July 1940 - Escorted Convoy

14 Aug 1940 - Aeroplane, gave help

16 Aug 1940 - Aeroplane, picked up body

7 Oct 1940 - Aeroplane, German pilot

2 Nov 1940 - Fishing Boat Little Billy of Dungeness, saved boat

13 Dec 1942 - Three Landing Craft, stood by

4 Feb 1943 - Aeroplane, searched area

31 Mar 1943 - Caulonia, stood by vessel

27 July 1944 - S.S. Fort Perrot of U.S.A., stood by & landed (4)

31 Aug 1944 - Phoenix C 121 Section of Normandy Mulberry, took out relief crew

2 Sept 1944 - Phoenix C 121 Section of Normandy Mulberry (4)

4 Mar 1945 - Fishing Boat Fair Irene of Rye, saved boat (2)

10 Dec 1945 - Fishing Boat Minnie of Rye, gave help

18 Jan 1946 - Motor Cruiser Kinuna of Southampton (4)

10 Nov 1946 - Motor Yacht Fluininense of London, saved yacht (2)

8 Mar 1947 - Motor Fishing Boat Undaunted of Rye, saved boat (2)

6 July 1947 - Boat Waterlily of Dungeness, saved boat (3)


R.N.L.B. CHARLES COOPER HENDERSON 1933-57

3 Aug 1947 - Motor Yacht Mabruki, gave help

2 Mar 1948 - S.S. Victorieuse of Cherbourg, gave help

R.N.L.B. LANGHAM RESERVE LIFEBOAT ON STATION

11 July 1948 - Sailing Dinghy Wendy, saved boat

R.N.L.B. CHARLES COOPER HENDERSON 1933-57

25 Aug 1948 - Yacht Kestrel of Rye, landed (3)

25 Aug 1948 - Yacht Anemone of Bosharn, landed (4)

27 July 1949 - Rowing Dinghy, gave help

2 Oct 1949 - Motor Launch Ocean Hound of London, gave help

2 Feb 1950 - Fishing Vessel Little Old Lady of Shoreham, saved vessel (4)

9 Apr 1950 - Sailing Dinghy of Littlestone, saved dinghy

26 May 1950 - S.S. Cabo Espartel of Seville, landed (37)

26 May 1950 - S.S. Feispar of Glasgow, gave help

18 July 1950 - M.F.V. Golden Spray of Faversham, gave help

10 Aug 1950 - Yacht Roma II of London, gave help

26 Aug 1950 - Fishing Boat Our Betty of Folkestone, gave help

29 Oct 1950 - Motor Cruiser Cambrian, gave help

29 Oct 1950 - Landed 3 persons from Varne Light Vessel

27 Nov 1950 - M.V. Tilda of Rotten, gave help

7 June 1951 - Motor Yacht Javmac of London, gave help

19 Aug 1951 - Sailing Dinghy, saved boat

16 Sept 1951 - Yacht Memory of Newhaven, gave help

19 July 1952 – Dinghy, saved dinghy

24 July 1952 - Motor Yacht Coo-ee, gave help

6 Aug 1952 - Motor Ship England of Leith, stood by vessel

18 Dec 1952 - Motor Vessel Purbeck of London, gave help

21 Aug 1953 - Yacht Moya (8)

23 Aug 1953 - Fishing Vessel Ocean Viking, gave help

3l Oct 1953 - Yacht Grania of Portsmouth, gave help

16 Nov 1953 - S.S. Vittoria Claudia of Genoa

S.S. Perov of Le Havre, landed 3 bodies

29 Oct 1954 - Sailing Dinghy, saved dinghy (2)

10 Apr 1955 - Motor Yacht Episode of Southampton, gave help

20 Aug 1955 - Boy in sea, landed body

11 Sept 1955 - Sailing Yacht Skugga of Chichester, gave help

21 Oct 1955 - Barge Will Everard of London (3)

5 Dec 1955 - Barge Will Everard of London, gave help

28 Apr 1956 - M.V. Borneo of Groningen, stood by vessel


R.N.L.B. CHARLES COOPER HENDERSON 1933-1957

3 May 1956 - M.V. Hassel of Bergen, stood by vessel

23 June 1956 - F.V. In victor of Folkestone, gave help

29 July 1956 - M.V. Teeswood of Middlesborough, 9 plus a body

12 Sept 1956 - Girl Bather, landed body

5 Mar 1957 - M.V. Marietta of Greenock, stood by vessel

17 Mar 1957 - M.V. Advent of Holland, stood by vessel

13 Aug 1957 - Rowing Boat Our Star, saved boat

R.N.L.B. MABEL E. HOLLAND 1957-1979

22 Sept 1957 - Motor Boat Caraboa, saved boat (3)

26 Nov 1957 - M.V. Mercuriush H of Rotterdam, stood by vessel

4 Feb 1958 – M.V. Clarity - F.V. Patricia Joan, landed 1 and a body

23 May 1958 - Coaster Falkenstein of Hamburg, escorted vessel

18 June 1958 - Tanker Pan Gothia of Sweden, landed body

28 June 1958 - M.V. Carmela of Italy, gave help

16 July 1958 - Yacht Salorne of Colchester, gave help

23 Aug 1958 – Dinghy (2)

13 Sept 1958 - M.V. Blueinaster of Oslo, landed sick man

R.N.L.B. CHARLES COOPER HENDERSON RESERVE LIFEBOAT ON STATION

24 Oct 1958 – Aircraft, recovered wreckage

R.N.L.B. MABEL E. HOLLAND 1957 - 1979

3 Dec 1958 - S.S. Prodromos of Monrovia, landed (12)

4 Dec 1958 - S.S. Prodromos of Monrovia, landed (6)

1 Jan 1959 - Houseboat Petrina of Itchenor, gave help

13 Feb 1959 - F.V. Breadwinner of Hastings, stood by vessel

29 June 1959 - Rubber Dinghy, saved dinghy

7 July 1959 - Cabin Cruiser Kaye of Rye, gave help

12 July 1959 - Rubber Dinghy (4)

2 Sept 1959 - Yacht Glenshane of Chichester, escorted yacht

17 Apr 1960 - Sailing Dinghy, saved dinghy

19 Apr 1960 - Fishing Vessel Morag (3)

19 July 1960 - Sailing Dinghy Sioux Kayak, saved boat (1)

28 July 1960 - Launch Victor and Yacht Lulworth Castle, gave help

12 Feb 1961 - MV. Jacqueline Roberta of Folkestone, saved boat (3)

17 Feb 1961 - Naval Tanker, gave help

18 June 1961 - F.V. Little Dick of Dungeness, saved boat (3)


R.N.L.B. CHARLES COOPER HENDERSON RESERVE LIFEBOAT

3 July 1961 - Motor Cruiser Dorothy of Poole, stood by vessel

14 Aug 1961 - Motor Cruiser La,nouette of Rye, saved boat (3)

17 Aug 1961 - Yacht Pippa of Shoreham, saved boat (3)

R.N.L.B. MABEL E. HOLLAND 1957-1979

22 Apr 1962 - M.V. Dragor Maersk of Copenhagen, stood by vessel

6 May 1962 - F.V. Sea Venture of Dungeness, gave help

14 June 1962 - Yacht Twilight of Leigh-on-sea, gave help

18 June 1962 - Sailing Dinghy, saved boat (2)

2 July 1962 – Catamaran, gave help and landed (2)

7 Aug 1962 - Catamaran Nimble Eve (5)

16 Apr 1963 - Motor Yacht Kiti, gave help

27 Sept 1963 - Dutch MV. Helvetia S of Harlingen, landed sick man

15 Oct 1963 - Fishing Boat Tequila of Rye, gave help

21 Mar 1964 - F.V. Dolphin of Folkestone, gave help

8 Aug 1964 - F.V. Sea Adventurer of Folkestone, gave help

31 Aug 1964 - Canoe, saved canoe

22 Oct 1964 - Yacht Anne of London, gave help

4 Apr 1965 - German M.V. Ferndenaro Retzlaff of Brenden in Collision, escorted vessel

4 Apr 1965 - M.V. Vauban of Dundee, escorted vessel

24 Apr 1965 - Yacht Flamingo of London, saved yacht (1)

26 Apr 1965 - Cabin Cruiser Pandamac of London (3)

18 June 1965 - Yacht Dhowmoa, gave help

25 July 1965 - Catamaran Sea Eagle of Folkestone, saved boat

12 Aug 1965 - Speed Boat Dee Jay of Barking, saved boat (2)

24 Sept 1965 - Yacht Corinne of Glasgow, stood by yacht

3 Nov 1965 - Herring Drifter Fisher Lads of Folkestone, gave help

15 Nov 1965 - Yacht Diana of Falmouth, gave help

18 June 1966 - Cabin Cruiser Dagenhani, gave help

27 June 1966 - Yacht idle Moment of London, saved boat (2)

8 Aug 1966 - Fishing Vessel Industry II, landed injured man & gave help

14 Aug 1966 - Sailing Boat, saved boat (2)

21 Aug 1966 - Cabin Cruiser Brita, gave help

30 Apr 1967 - Yacht Skald II of Ipswich, gave help

4 June 1967 - Skin Divers, landed (3)

10 June 1967 - M.F.V. Trader, saved boat (1)


R.N.L.B. CHARLES COOPER HENDERSON - RESERVE LIFEBOAT

12 July 1967 - Cabin Cruiser Highland Laddie, gave help

R.N.L.B. MABEL E. HOLLAND 1957-1979

12 July 1967 - Cabin Cruiser Highland Laddie, gave help

21 June 1968 - Cabin Cruiser Shantimere, saved boat (4)

11 Sept 1968 - Trawler Night Fighter of Dungeness, gave help

12 Nov 1968 - Cabin Cruiser Coloinbus, saved boat

13 Apr 1969 - M.F.V. JaneAnne of Dungeness, gave help

R.N.L.B. CHARLES COOPER HENDERSON Reserve Lifeboat on Station

21 July 1969 - F.V. Dolphin in tow of M.V. Westminster Brook, gave help

26 July 1969 - Cabin Cruiser Fairway, saved boat (2)

R.N.L.B. MABEL E. HOLLAND 1957-1979

9 Aug 1969 - Cabin Cruiser Tamberlaine, gave help

28 Sept 1969 - Speed Boat Stingray, saved boat

15 Nov 1969 - M.V. Katherine Mitchell, escorted vessel

29 Mar 1970 - Oil Rig Gulf Tide, landed injured man

12 Apr 1970 - MV. Rune Ore in collision with MV. Sierra Bravia, landed (10)

29 Apr 1970 - Yacht Rebecca, gave help

R.N.L.B. CHARLES COOPER HENDERSON Reserve Lifeboat on Station

29 May 1970 - Trawler Whitby Rose, gave help

20 June 1970 - M.V. Anne Kugge of Hamburg, escorted vessel & landed (8)

27 June 1970 - Rubber Dinghy, saved boat (2)

29 June 1970 - Yacht Windstill, gave help and landed (3)

4 July 1970 - Cabin Cruiser Yo-Yo, saved boat (3)

13 July 1970 - MN. Ogeka Bakke of Haugesund, landed injured man

15 Aug 1970 - Cabin Cruiser Resolute in tow of yacht, gave help

13 Oct 1970 - M.F.V. Whitby Rose, gave help

R.N.L.B. MABEL E. HOLLAND 1957-1979

29 Nov 1970 – Dinghy, saved boat (3)

27 Feb 1971 - M.V. Niki of Piraeus, recovered 7 bodies

9 Apr 1971 - Catamaran Mock Eye, saved boat (3)

18 Apr 1971 - Yacht Merdeka, saved boat

3 June 1971 - M.F.V. Pal-o-Mine in tow of M.V. Activity, gave help

4 July 1971 - M.F.V. Industry II of Rye, saved boat & landed 4

7 Aug 1971 - Rubber Dinghy (2)

14 Aug 1971 - Yacht Tiburon, escorted boat


R.N.L.B. CHARLES COOPER HENDERSON - Reserve Lifeboat on Station

28 Aug 1971 - Yacht Emma Again, saved boat (5)

R.N.L.B. MABEL E. HOLLAND 1967-1979

5 Sept 1971 - M.F.V. Our Pat of Rye, gave help

10 Oct 1971 - M.F.V. Kerrigan of Rye, saved boat (2)

17 Oct 1971 - Yacht Spoeker of Hamburg, saved boat (1)

21 Oct 1971 – Dinghy, saved boat (2)

12 Nov 1971 - M.F.V. Aline of Grimsby, saved boat (2)

23 Jan 1972 - Trawler Zeb 484 of Zeebrugge injured man on board, stood by vessel

R.N.L.B. CHARLES COOPER HENDERSON - Reserve lifeboat on station

21 June 1972 - F.V. Our Julie of Dungeness, saved boat (7)

22 June 1972 - F.V. Los Hermanos of Rye, saved boat (3)

26 Aug 1972 - Cabin Cruiser Silver Mist, escorted boat

R.N.L.B. MABEL E. HOLLAND 1957-1979

10 Oct 1972 - M.F.V. Jean Pamela Rx 67, gave help

29 Nov 1972 - Yacht Cariad, saved boat (1)

2 June 1973 - Yacht Claesjen Guvt of Littlehampton, escorted boat

5 Aug 1973 - Fishing Vessel Q17, saved boat (5)

R.N.L.B. CHARLES COOPER HENDERSON - Reserve lifeboat on station

17th Nov 1973 - M.V. Cap San Antonio of Hamburg, gave help

R.N.L.B. MABEL E. HOLLAND 1957 - 1979

11 Feb 1974 – Merc Texco, landed injured man

17 Feb 1974 - M.V. Maguelone of France, gave help

11 Aug 1974 - Outboard Dinghy, saved boat (2)

24 Aug 1974 - Cabin Cruiser Resolute, gave help

27 Aug 1974 - Ketch Feriba of Burnham, escorted vessel

23 Nov 1974 - Outboard Dinghy, gave help

3 Dec 1974 - M.F.V. Houriroo, gave help

10 Dec 1974 - Yacht Eysthene, gave help

11 Dec 1974 - Yacht Eysthene, gave help

31 Mar 1975 - Yacht Marjon, gave help

26 June 1975 - Cabin Cruiser Avola, gave help

R.N.L.B. CHARLES COOPER HENDERSON - Reserve lifeboat on station

25 Oct 1975 - Cabin Cruiser March Hare, gave help


R.N.L.B. MABEL E. HOLLAND 1957-1979

30 Nov 1975 - Speed boat, gave help

19 Aug 1976 - Yacht Esther, saved boat (1)

19 Sept 1976 - Cabin Cruiser Cascade of Rye, gave help

14 May 1977 - Yacht Cinque Ports, gave help

2 May 1977 - Rubber Dinghy, saved boat (1)

28 June 1977 - F.V. Sea Raider of Dungeness, gave help

9 July 1977 - F.V. FE. 94, no help required

13 July 1977 - Ship Astid of Lebanon, searched for survivors

6 Oct 1977 - Red Flares, nothing found

23 Feb 1978 - F.V. Silver Jubilee, no help required

6 Mar 1978 - F.V. Moon Raker, searched for vessel

R.N.L.B. ALICE UPJOHN 1978-1992

8 May 1978 - F.V. FE 23, no help required

15 June 1978 - Sloop Aries, no help required

22 Oct 1978 - Yacht Finnisterre, gave help

8 Mar 1979 - Fishing Boat lona of Dungeness, saved boat (6)

14 July 1979 - F.V. Jo's Boys of Folkestone, gave help

28 July 1979 - Rubber Dinghy, saved boat (2)

29 July 1979 - Catamaran Vega Gull, gave help

30 July 1979 - Catamaran Vega Gull, gave help

9 Nov 1979 - F.V. Night Fighter of Folkestone, gave help

29 Nov 1979 - M.F.V. Sea Raider, gave help

1 Dec 1979 - Ketch Gallery, landed injured man

3 June 1980 - F.V. Last Freedom, gave help

5 Sept 1980 - Motor Boat Moon Raker of Rye, gave help

6 Sept 1980 - Trawler William Van Der Zwan of Netherlands, gave help

9 Sept 1980 - Cabin Cruiser Baron, gave help

28 Sept 1980 - F.V. Unique of Portsmouth, gave help

9 Jan 1981 - Dinghy Seabird, gave help

3 May 1981 - Yacht Super Crab, landed 4 persons

9 May 1981 - F.V. Moonraker of Dungeness, gave help

1 July 1981 - F.V. Marie Anne of Newhaven, gave help

24 Aug 1981 - Motor Barge Lindisfarne of London, gave help

5 Sept 1981 - Rubber Dinghy, gave help

3 Oct 1981 - Yacht Midley Bell of Rye, saved boat (4)


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9 Jan 1982 Motor Yacht Luchai, escorted vessel

18 Jan 1982 Rubber Dinghy, gave help

28 Jan 1982 F.V. Piscies, saved boat (2)

22 Feb 1982 Yacht Twee Safferin, gave help

24 Feb 1982 F.V. Harvester II, gave help

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24 Apr 1982 - Cabin Cruiser Slipstream (4 + 2 dogs)

2 May 1982 - Dinghy Bubbles, landed (2)

30 May 1982 - Cabin Cruiser Quicksilver, landed (3)

19 June 1982 - Yacht Kanala II, gave help

11 July 1982 – Bather, no help required, return to station

7 Aug 1982 - Red Flares, nothing found

11 Sept 1982 - F.V. Jo's Boys, saved boat landed (6)

4 Nov 1982 - F.V. Fair Chance, man overboard - nothing found

21 Nov 1982 - Yacht Last Freedom, gave help (3)

21 Nov 1982 - Coaster Stirling Brook, stood by

21 Mar 1983 - F.V. Royella, gave help

12 Apr 1983 - MV. Island Star, stood by

16 Apr 1983 - Yacht Tackard, stood by

20 Apr 1983 - F.V. Sea Raider, escorted vessel

2 May 1983 - Yacht Faucheux, gave help (2)

25 May 1983 - Vessel Roma, escorted vessel

10 July 1983 - Bather at Camber, no help required returned to station

20 July 1983 - Cabin Cruiser Local Girl, landed (2)

30 July 1983 - Cabin Cruiser Illusion, searched for vessel

13 Aug 1983 - F.V. Enterprise, stood by

15 Aug 1983 - Partly submerged power boat, checked & recovered boat

31 Aug 1983 - F.V. Catherine Ann, stood by

2 Sept 1983 - Red flares, nothing found

15 Oct 1983 - F.V. Kingfisher, gave help

6 Nov 1983 – F.V. Valerie, no help required

28 Nov 1983 - F.V. Lisa Jane, gave help

13 Dec 1983 - Red flares, nothing found

5 June 1984 - F.V. Jo's Boys, gave help

10 Aug 1984 - M.V. Melrail, gave help

2 Sept 1984 - Tug El Tigre Grand, stood by vessel

9 Oct 1984 - Catamaran Bristol Challenger, gave help (4)

4 June 1985 - Man Overboard Folkestone fishing vessel, nothing found


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8 June 1985 - Overdue vessel, no service

4 July 1985 - Small boat missing, no service

17 July 1985 - Aida ashore Broomhill, no service

21 July 1985 - Yacht Red Biddie, gave help

10 Aug 1985 - Yacht Lady Seraern, escorted vessel

11 Aug 1985 - Yacht Lady Seraern, gave help

22 Aug 1985 - Micro Light Aircraft, no service

25 Aug 1985 - Yacht Lianne, gave help

29 Sept 1985 - F. V. Last Freedom, gave help

28 Nov 1985 - Cabin Cruiser, gave help

9 Feb 1986 - Cabin Cruiser Pom, saved boat (4)

31 Mar 1986 - Ketch Big Louis, no service

31 Mar 1986 - Ketch Big Louis, gave help (3)

26 Apr 1986 – Capella, no service

25 May 1986 - F.V. Harvester, gave help (3)

25 May 1986 - F.V. Mona Lisa, escorted vessel

27 May 1986 - Yacht Kavala II, gave help

3 June 1986 - F.V. Harvester II, saved boat (2)

29 July 1986 - Motor Yacht Kandora, gave help

20 Sept 1986 - F.V. Tresspassers, gave help

27 Jan 1987 - Greek Ship Pyros, landed sick man

4 Feb 1987 - Ship Gefion in collision with M.V. Arco Vale, stood by

1 Mar 1987 - Cabin Cruiser Spitfire, saved boat (2)

31 Mar 1987 - F.V. Rene IV, gave help

19 Apr 1987 - F.V. Cat, gave help (3)

20 Apr 1987 - F.V. Nightfighrer, gave help

3 June 1987 - Cabin Cruiser Pernalor, gave help (2)

4 June 1987 - F.V. Andeana, gave help

9 July 1987 - Motor Yacht Polyphernus, gave help

16 July 1987 - Cabin Cruiser Lady Morwenna, gave help

12 Aug 1987 - Reported Body in water, nothing found

15 Sept 1987 - Red flares, nothing found

4 Oct 1987 - Varne Boat Club boats, stood by

13 Oct 1987 - Yacht Jarrilla in collision with F.V. Terry, gave help

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6 Feb 1988 - Lady Elinor, man saved from life raft (1)

6 Feb 1988 - Lady Elinor, gave help

3 Mar 1988 - Fishing Vessel F38, gave help

9 Mar 1988 - Yacht aground, gave help


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7 July 1988 - Red Flares, nothing found

7 July 1988 - Power Boat Flippin eck, gave help

8 Aug 1988 - Water Skiers, stood by

4 Sept 1988 - Yacht Sweet Promise, gave help

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9 Aug 1988 - Yacht Meublena-Theaud, gave help

6 Sept 1988 - Yacht Sweet Promise, saved boat (4)

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2 Oct 1988 - Fishing Vessel, gave help

6 Jan 1989 - Red Flares, nothing found

11 Feb 1989 - F.V.Laynell, gave help

4 Mar 1989 - Yacht Paprika, gave help

13 May 1989 - F.V. Moonraker, gave help

11 June 1989 - Cabin Cruiser Schuikop, gave help

16 July 1989 - Power Boat C 85, gave help

3 Sept 1989 - F.V. Jonita, gave help

7 Oct 1989 - F.V. Miss Piggy, gave help

8 Oct 1989 - Yacht Erbiss, escorted vessel

9 Oct 1989 - F.V. Mary G, gave help

8 Nov 1989 – Windsurfer, nothing found

13 Jan 1990 - F.V. Anne Marie, saved boat

11 Mar 1990 - F.V. Jubilee, no service

2 Apr 1990 – Dinghy, nothing found

7 July 1990 - Red flares, false alarm

12 July 1990 - F.V. Player, saved boat (2)

16 July 1990 - Red flares, nothing found

22 July 1990 - Missing girl, found by coastguard

11 Aug 1990 - F.V. Our Lita, gave help

15 Aug 1990 - Yacht Blue Mallard, gave help

23 Aug 1990 - Yacht Rhadegund, escorted boat

25 Aug 1990 - Speed Boat Uptide, saved boat (3)

26 Aug 1990 - F.V. Veerman, landed (3)

18 Sept 1990 - Red flares, nothing found

16 Oct 1990 - Fishing Vessel, gave help

14 Apr 1991 - Angling Boat (3)

14 Apr 1991 - Angling Boat, nothing found

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25 June 1991 - Yacht Scilla, landed sick man

30 July 1991 - Yacht Old Waiter, gave help

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9 Aug 1991 - F.V. Jean Pamela, gave help

10 Aug 1991 - F.V. Jacqueline R, gave help

10 Sept 1991 - Yacht Elizabeth, gave help

10 Oct 1991 - Wreckage reported, nothing found

23 Nov 1991 - F.V. Kingfisher, gave help

8 Jan 1992 - M.V. John M, landed sick man

20 Mar 1992 - Four Fishing Vessels, escorted boats

28 Mar 1992 - F.V. Mizpah, gave help

6 Apr 1992 - F.V. Mizpah, gave help

11 Apr 1992 - Power Boat Pot Luck, gave help

19 Apr 1992 - Yacht Gwyniob II, gave help

28 May 1992 - Yacht Bueno, no assistance required

31 Aug 1992 - F.V. Mizpah, gave help

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26 Sept 1992 - F.V. Sea Jewel, gave help

4 Oct 1992 - Yacht Emma (Bravery award), saved boat (4)

1 Nov 1992 - F.V. Michele C, gave help

16 Nov 1992 - F.V. Grace Darling, gave help

16 Nov 1992 - F.V. Sea Jewel, gave help

8/9 Dec 1992 - Red Flares, nothing found

15 Dec 1992 - Oil Slick, nothing found

30 Dec 1992 - Speed Boat, saved boat (2)

12 Feb 1993 - F.V. Mizpah, gave help

12 Mar 1993 - F.V. Sea Jewel, gave help

21 Mar 1993 - Ship Courage Venture, took out doctor

18 Apr 1993 – Windsurfer, nothing found

11 May 1993 - F.V. Donald John, gave help

11 May 1993 - F.V. Claire Elaine, gave help

1 June 1993 - Yacht Tarantella, gave help

26 June 1993 - F.V. Vicmana, gave help

27 June 1993 – Bather, no service required


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29 June 1993 - Cabin Cruiser Alena, escorted boat

8 July 1993 - Cabin Cruiser Jaleka, gave help

16 July 1993 - F.V. Sam, gave help

25 July 1993 - Barge Cathja, saved boat (5)

1 Aug 1993 - Yacht Robert Lionheart, gave help

5 Aug 1993 - Cabin Cruiser Jackie A, gave help

22 Aug 1993 - Yacht Guernsey Tom, saved boat (2)

31 Aug 1993 - Rowing Boat 1 person aboard, gave help

4 Sept 1993 - Cabin Cruiser Third Dragoon, landed sick woman

4 Sept 1993 - Cabin Cruiser Third Dragoon, gave help

7 Sept 1993 - Swimmers reported missing, nothing found

30 Sept 1993 - Yacht Rogger, landed one & assisted to save vessel

17 Oct 1993 - Rye Lifeboat and Speed Boat, gave help

2 Nov 1993 - Motor Boat Ariel, gave help

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12 Feb 1994 - F.V. St. David of Rye, craft brought in

7 Mar 1994 - F.V. Polestar, gave help

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21 Apr 1994 - Yacht Brambles, gave help

22 June 1994 - Tug Sumatra X 2, landed injured man

25 June 1994 - F.V. Mizpah, two persons & craft brought in

26 June 1994 - F.V. Michele C, two persons & craft brought in

7 July 1994 - Yacht Le Muty, gave help

9 July 1994 - F.V. Cheryl M, six persons & craft brought in

18 July 1994 – Inflatable, saved boat

21 July 1994 - Yacht Spirit of Flanders, seven persons & craft brought in

25 July 1994 - F.V. RX III Elizabeth Jane, gave help

28 July 1994 - Red Flares, nothing found

30 July 1994 - Parachutists Exercise, stood by

9 Sept 1994 – Yacht, no service required

10 Sept 1994 - Yacht Delphen, three persons & craft brought in (3)

12 Sept 1994 - Red flares, nothing found

5 Oct 1994 - F.V. Jaluga, three persons & craft brought in (3)

6 Oct 1994 - F.V. Jaluga, seven persons & craft brought in (7)

30 Oct 1994 - F.V. Our Miranda, took out doctor & landed injured man

19 Nov 1994 - F.V. Gratitude, one person landed and saved boat (1)

4 Dec 1994 - Yacht Vemneda, escorted vessel

30 Dec 1994 - Red Flares, nothing found


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31 Dec 1994 - Red Flares, Russian Ship celebrating New Year

17 Jan 1995 - Missing Person, recalled

13 Feb 1995 - F.V. Louise, escorted vessel

16 Feb 1995 - Tug & Tow F.V. Ionava, stood by vessel

21 Feb 1995 - Yacht Phoenix, Man overboard - found by Dover LB.

28 Feb 1995 - F.V. Gratitude, three persons landed & craft brought in

5 Mar 1995 - Landed injured lug digger off the sands near Kerton Road, using Tractor T95

7 Mar 1995 - F.V. Palindra, escorted vessel

13 Mar 1995 - F.V. Mizpah, brought in vessel

1 Apr 1995 - Angling Boat Jonita, four persons landed & craft brought in

2 May 1995 - F.V. Princes, landed injured man

5 May 1995 - F.V. Ridge Raider, two persons landed & craft brought in

28 May 1995 – Windsurfer, recalled

15 June 1995 - Yacht Dreamer, landed injured woman

27 June 1995 - Catamaran Susan Jane, two persons landed & craft brought in

18 July 1995 – Inflatable, nothing found

23 July 1995 - Yacht Hippo Campus, two persons landed & craft brought in

30 July 1995 - Inflatable Spare Rib, four persons landed & craft brought in

16 Aug 1995 - Yacht Gagga, gave help

29 Aug 1995 - Yacht Fairway Nixie, three persons landed & craft brought in

11 Sept 1995 - Yacht Ardita, gave help

6 Oct 1995 - Jet Ski, saved Jet Ski, person saved by Littlestone LB.

8 Oct 1995 - F.V. Frorrie K, one person landed & craft brought in

20 Nov 1995 - F.V. Susan, gave help

30 Nov 1995 - Red Flares, nothing found

17 Dec 1995 - Dredger Amanda Jane, stood by vessel

2 Apr 1996 - F.V. Michele C, three persons landed & craft brought in

5 Apr 1996 - Yacht Marie Julie, gave help

6 Apr 1996 - Motor Launch Sid, three persons landed & craft brought in

2 May 1996 - F.V. Mizpah, four persons landed & craft brought in

2 June 1996 – EPIRB, nothing found

13 July 1996 - F.V. Jaluga, three persons landed & craft brought in

3 Sept 1996 - F.V. Michele C, two persons landed & craft brought in

2 Oct 1996 - Red Flares, nothing found

11 Nov 1996 - Motor Yacht Dawn Chorus, saved boat (2)

13 Jan 1997 - Red Flares, nothing found

14 Feb 1997 - Man overboard, nothing found


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30 Mar 1997 - Small Boat, recalled

6 Apr 1997 - F.V. Jaluga, gave help

10 May 1997 - Red Flares, nothing found

31 May 1997 - Yacht Loui, gave help

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5 July 1997 - F.V. Pole Star, gave help

9 July 1997 - F.V. Jaluga, gave help

7 Aug 1997 - Yacht Morag, gave help

30 Aug 1997 - F.V. Stella Anne, gave help

18 Sept 1997 - Red Flares, nothing found

17 Oct 1997 - Motor Vessel Black Watch, landed sick woman

13 Nov 1997 - Overdue inflatable, recalled

31 Dec 1997 - Motor Vessel Mor Europe, landed sick man

10 Feb 1998 - F.V. Asterias, stood by

10 Feb 1998 - H.M.S. Guernsey, landed sick man

11 Feb 1998 - Cabin Cruiser Carol Ann, stood by

19 Feb 1998 - F.V. Mizpah, gave help

10 Mar 1998 - F.V. Michele C, persons saved by others

1 Apr 1998 - F.V. Lacer, persons saved by others

16 May 1998 - Yacht Lucky One, towed to Dover

22 May 1998 - F.V. Fair Chance, towed to Dungeness

15 June 1998 - Report of person in water, recalled

18 July 1998 - Demasted yacht, gave help

19 Aug 1998 - Small open boat, towed to Dungeness

20 Oct 1998 - Small boat, picked up wreckage of glass fibre boat

17 Nov 1998 - F.V. El-Rose, towed to Rye Harbour

1 Dec 1998 - Yacht missing, searched nothing found recalled

5 Dec 1998 – Yacht, stood by yacht aground Dungeness awaiting tide

8 Dec 1998 - F.V. Jaluga, towed to Dungeness

5 April 1999 – Egyptian cargo ship M.V. Abu-Egila, landed injured man

22 May 1999 - Beam Trawler — F.V. Sea Faulke, landed injured man

30 May 1999 – Missing Divers, called out to assist in search

5 June 1999 - Sinking boat off Littlestone, nothing found

5 July 1999 - MV. Challenger, escorted to Dover Harbour taking on water

11 July 1999 - Launched to a report of inflatable dingily of Dungeness, nothing found

11 July 1999 - Launched to assist for inflatable dingily Fairlight area, nothing found

12 July 1999 - Launched to an inflatable dinghy off Camber, nothing found


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22 July 1999 - Launched to assist in search for inflatable of Dymchurch, picked up by Littlestone LB.

27 July 1999 - Launched to M.B. Eden broken down & one sick person on board, towed to Dungeness

15 Aug 1999 - Whilst on exercise was asked by Coast Guard to assist in recovering of inflatable dinghy at Dymchurch, recalled, picked up by Littlestone LB.

4 Sept 1999 - Stood by at Folkestone Shepway Air Show whilst on return received a call to Camber in search for missing 8 yr old girl

5 Sept 1999 - Stood by at Folkestone Shepway Air Show

6 Oct 1999 - Searched for missing person overboard in South Varne Shipping Lanes, nothing found

3 March 2000 - Launched to F.V. Thomasam off Jury's Gap, Camber, gave help (2)

4 March 2000 - Launched to F.V. Sarah Louise took in tow to Rye harbor, also put on pump

5 March 2000 - Launched to Fishing Dinghy, engine fault, towed back to Dungeness

6 April 2000 - Launched to Motor Yacht, grounded at Camber, taking in water, put a pump aboard, towed to Rye (2)

2 May 2000 - Launched to F.V. Jaluga engine fault, towed back to Dungeness

7 June 2000 - Launched to F.V. Benmark engine fault, towed back to Dungeness

8 June 2000 - Launched to F.V. Jaluga, engine fault, towed back to Dungeness

3 July 2000 - Launched to F.V. Palindra, landed injured man

1 Aug 2000 - Launched to F.V. Lesley G fouled prop, towed to Rye Harbour

6 Aug 2000 - Launched to yacht Apollo broken rudder, towed to Rye

11 Aug 2000 - Motor Cruiser Seeker engine fault, towed to Dover

21 Aug 2000 - Launched to yacht Wayland grounded at Galloways, Camber. Low tide, had to leave yacht until 01-00 hrs

22 Aug 2000 - Yacht Wayland pulled boat off the shore and towed to Rye harbor

23 Aug 2000 - Fishing Vessel Fairhaven mechanical failure, towed to Dungeness

23 Aug 2000 - Whilst on passage to Eastbourne we were asked by Eastbourne L/B to assist them in towing a heavy F/V

24 Sept 2000 - Launched to a missing diver, searched until dark, nothing found

25 Sept 2000 - Resumed search for missing diver. Stood down nothing found

30 Sept 2000 - Launched to missing diver off Folkestone stood down, found by Dover L/B

19 Oct 2000 - Sunken yacht 8 miles S.E. of Dungeness nothing or no one found, stood down

20 Oct 2000 - F.V. Nicole B taking on water. Put a pump aboard and left Coastguard Tug to attend

20 Oct 2000 - Went to assist second F.V. Lesley G with mechanical failure, towed to Rye

20 Feb 2001 - F.V. with engine fault, towed to Folkestone Harbour

10 Apr 2001 - Launched to a submerged life raft, turned out to be an orange fishing net

27 May 2001 - F.V. Three Sisters engine fault, towed to Dungeness

17 June 2001 - Whilst on exercise we were called to a yacht in collision with tanker, towed yacht to Dover

24 June 2001 - Launched to yacht with fouled prop & rudder towed to Rye Harbour

10 July 2001 - Yacht Cathy with steering problems, towed to Rye Harbour

16 July 2001 - 18ft Dory F.V. mechanical fault, towed to boathouse

6 Aug 2001 - Launched to a windsurfer off Dungeness, not required

12 Aug 2001 - Yacht Hoff lost rudder, towed to Dover Harbour

18 Aug 2001 - Launched to F.V. Jack Heniy, took off two immigrants and took them to Dover Authorities

22 Aug 2001 - Yacht Chevron Gear box failure, towed to Dover

1 Sept 2001 - F.V. Phoenix Engine failure, towed to Dungeness

4 Sept 2001 - Launched for missing yacht, found ashore

8 Sept 2001 - Launched to Red Flares, nothing found

24 Nov 2001 - R.N.L.B. ROYAL SHIP WRIGHT 12-004 relief boat on station


The list of services stops at the point when the Citation Boards were taken down to make way for the installation of lockers for the crew. While the boards have been re-sited, it has been decided to continue the Record of Services in a book created and maintained by Derek. The book is to be found in the Souvenir Shop. Derek's records are the inspiration for this book

At the time of publication the Relief Boat on Station is the RNLB Lifetime Care since Pride and Spirit has been awarded the singular honour of inclusion in the London procession marking the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

Appendix

The following article by Vicky Eldridge appeared in The Kentish Express on 6th June 2002 and is reproduced with kind permission.

LIFEBOAT MAN'S PARADE HONOUR

It was a proud day for Trevor Bunney when he was asked to represent Dungeness Lifeboat Station in the Jubilee Parade in London.

Mr Bunney, who is a full-time mechanic at the Lifeboat Station, was selected to take the boat up to the capital to take part in a procession down the Mall to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

The Pride and Spirit was chosen to represent the RNLI in Tuesday's celebrations, after she impressed inspectors during a recent overhaul.

Dungeness is one of the few stations to have a boat fitted with 'lifting eyes'. These enable it to be hoisted out of the water by a crane and this was another reason it was singled out.

The boat was taken down to Poole where she was lifted on to a trailer and painted to make sure she looked in top condition for Her Majesty. She was then transported to London.

Mr Bunney was the only member of the crew to take part in the festival, which was attended by more than a million people. He rode on the boat with members of other lifeboat stations from around the country.

The crew, who stayed behind to man the station, watched the parade on television and celebrated with a party at the station on Monday night.

Betty Paine from Dungeness Lifeboat Station said: "It was a very proud moment for us all. Trevor was the lucky one on the day but we had a wonderful party and I would like to thank the crew on behalf of all the wives and families for giving us a perfect end to the jubilee."

While Pride and Spirit was parading through the streets of London, the station's reserve boat was saving lives. Two divers were rescued two miles off Dungeness Point on Sunday. They got into trouble after their boat broke down and could not go back to collect them. The two men where brought safely ashore by the lifeboat crew.