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Walton and Frinton Lifeboat
History of Walton & Frinton Lifeboat 1884 - 2004
Honourable Artillery Company 1884-1900 (ON 31)
Service Record: 84 launches 132 lives saved
This lifeboat was a 37ft x 9ft self-righter built by Forrest of Limehouse at
a cost of £394.00. The station was opened on 18th November by
Baroness Bolsover where a large crowd
gathered to see her pulled through the streets to a new boathouse, costing
£487.00 next to the Coastguard
Station. Her first call came that same evening to sighted red flares near
the Sunk light vessel 12 miles offshore.
Crew of H.A.C outside the boathouse
1884 led by Coxswain Britton.
Her most notable rescue was to German Barque Deike Rickmers that ran aground
on the Longsand. They launched at 7pm on Christmas Day 1884 rescuing the
crew of 25 & a dog, finally returning home on Boxing day at 8pm after being
out for 24 hours.This Lifeboat continued in service until 5th July 1900.
No.14 1900 - 1928 (ON 432)
Service Record 126 launches 227 lives saved.
This Lifeboat was a 43ft Norfolk & Suffolk class built by Thames Iron Works
at Canning Town for a cost of £1420.00.
This was one of 20 boats provided from the legacy of
Mr James Stevens of Birmingham. This
boat was put afloat on the south side of the pier & reached by a boarding
boat. This move was a direct result of the private lifeboat True To The Core
which was moored on the north side of the pier.
In August 1905 the RNLI decided to fit a 40hp Blake petrol engine into her
at a cost of £575.00. She returned
back on station in October 1908 after successful trials. Her most famous
rescue was on 29th December 1917 when she saved 92 passengers from the
steamer Peregrine aground on the Long
Sand in a easterly gale. The James Stevens
No14 has had a varied career since being replaced in 1928 (harbour
launch, private yacht & house boat) then being returned to Walton in May
1998 where she is being fully restored as the oldest surviving motor
lifeboat. See Links Page.
EMED 1928 -1953 (ON 705)
Service record 185 launches 218 lives saved.
The EMED was a 43ft x 13ft Ramsgate built by J S White of Cowes IOW at
a cost of £8,700 & fitted with 2 x 40hp petrol engines. This boat had a
shallow draught for working the sands off the east coast with one being stationxed at Ramsgate & at Southend.
Her most notable rescue were from the barges
Esterel & Martha in 1939 and 1941, to a naval fishing vessel in 1945
& to a barge Will Everard in 1947. She
was one of the RNLI Lifeboats that went to Dunkirk ferrying troops from the
harbours to the large troop ships, she was manned by navel crew in these
times. In 1953 she was then sold to Chilean Lifeboats where she remained in
service for many years stationed at Valpariso.
Edian Courtauld 1953 - 1977 (On 910)
Service record 227 launches 143 lives saved
This class was a Watson lifeboat 46ft
x 12ft with twin 40hp diesel engines built by
JS White at a cost of £28,000.
She was a gift from Augustine Courtauld.
City Of Birmingham 1983 - 1993 (ON 1012)
Service record 186 launches 40 lives saved
This lifeboat was a Solent class founded by the
City of Birmingham Appeal costing
£72,000 & built by Camper & Nicholson
of Portsmouth. This Lifeboat had a very busy time stationed here at Walton.
Her most notable launches were to the radio ships moored of this coast
(Radio Caroline) The Ross Revenge. Her
last launch was in July 1993 to a capsized dinghy of Frinton rescuing 4 out
of the water this being the last lives saved by a 9knt lifeboat around the
coast. She was then sold to Uruguary operating out of Puerto De Colonia for
Sam and Joan Woods 1993 - 1996 (On 1075)
Service record 67 launches 10 lives saved
This Lifeboat was the new Tyne class
47ft fitted with twin 425hp GM 8V71Ti engines with a speed of 17knts. She
was built at Fairy Allday Marine on
IOW at a cost of £430,000. Its most
notable call was in 1994 to the yacht Sadness
who had run aground on the Long Sand in a strong north easterly.The Lifeboat
pulled her way across the shallow sands & reached the 2 survivers hanging
onto the guard rails. As the Lifeboat was coming away the yachts mast &
rigging fell onto the lifeboat causing severe damage & disabling one off her
engines. This was Brian Oxleys first call as Coxswain.
Kenneth Thelwall II 1996 - Present Day (ON 1154)
Service record up to 2007 --- launches --- lives saved till 2007
Our present boat is still a Tyne class
with twin Detriot 525hp turbo diesels. She was built in 1990 at
Souters IOW costing
£590,000. This was a legacy from
Mr Kenneth Thelwall.