History of Poole Lifeboat Station: 1966–89

1967

Photo: Grahame Farr Archives

Photo: Grahame Farr Archives

An experimental Hatch class lifeboat (18-03) was sent to the station but was withdrawn a year later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1969

A Dell Quay Dory (17-003) (A-502) was sent to the station in June and the D class lifeboat was withdrawn from service.

Photo: RNLI

Photo: RNLI

The Bassett Green was found to be unfit for lifeboat duty – electrolysis of the copper fastenings in her hull. She was replaced by a succession of relief (temporary) lifeboats, the first being George Elmy, another Liverpool class lifeboat.

1974

The lifeboat station moved to Poole Harbour Yacht Club at Lilliput Marina. It was thought to be quicker for the crew to get to Lilliput by road than to reach there from Poole Quay by boat.

Grahame Farr Archives

Grahame Farr Archives

A new Waveney class lifeboat was placed on service at the station in November. She was one of the first Fast Afloat Boats with a top speed of 15 knots. As the crew were not experienced in fast lifeboats there was no one suitable to become the Coxswain and so Frank Ide, from Dover lifeboat station, became Coxswain/Mechanic at Poole.

Photo: RNLI

Photo: RNLI

The lifeboat station at Fisherman’s Dock became a lifeboat museum to display the Thomas Kirk Wright. The owner had given this lifeboat to the National Maritime Museum and she is still housed at the Old Lifeboat museum on the Quay.

1975

The new Waveney class lifeboat was named Augustine Courtauld in May.

Photo: Peter Hadfield

Photo: Peter Hadfield

1981

The following video footage is taken from the BBC1 TV series You and Me and shows 3 youngsters visiting the Poole Lifeboat Station at Salterns Marina and watching the crew members get kitted out.  One of the girls was Tracey Coles, whose Dad Dave was on the lifeboat crew.

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1982

Coxswain and crew received a letter of thanks from the RNLI for a rescue to the motor cruiser Trois Lion.

1983

A Brede class lifeboat (ON-1089) Inner Wheel replaced the Waveney class lifeboat on 16 November. The cost of this lifeboat was met by an appeal organised by the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland, together with other gifts and legacies. Augustine Courtauld became the station lifeboat for Alderney.

Photo: Ray Kipling

Photo: Ray Kipling

1985

The Dell Quay Dory was withdrawn in January and replaced by an A class Boston Whaler lifeboat, Sam & Iris Coles.

Photo: RNLI

Photo: RNLI

1985

This postcard shows Poole’s two lifeboats of the time, the Brede class lifeboat (ON-1089) Inner Wheel and the A class Boston Whaler lifeboat, Sam & Iris Coles, on exercise in Poole Bay.  The photo was taken by lifeboat crew member John Buckby, who was stood on a platform at the end of the Training Bank.

1986

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Crew Members David Coles, Steven Vince and Raymond Collin in recognition of their physical exertions, grim determination and ingenuity when struggling through waist-deep mud to rescue a boy and a girl from marshland in Poole Harbour during the night of 1 July.

(Left to right) David Coles, Raymond Collin, Steve Vince and Brian Miles (former Director of the RNLI)

(Left to right) David Coles, Raymond Collin, Steve Vince and Brian Miles (former Director of the RNLI)

You can read more about this rescue in the Lifeboat article from 1986.

1987

Letter of Appreciation from Chief of Operations – 6 February 1987 – search for missing fishermen.

1988

Letter of Appreciation from Chief of Operations – 12 July 1988 – yacht Greyling.

Letter of Appreciation from Chief of Operations – 12 August 1988 – Maid of the Harbour collision with Marines landing craft.

Letter of Appreciation from Chief of Operations – 18 November 1988 – yacht Pallas.

1989

The lifeboat station was relocated from Salterns Marina to the Town Quay adjacent to Poole Bridge. On 16 July the two lifeboats were moved from Lilliput to the Quay.

Poole station.  ON 1089.  Brede class.  33-07.  'Inner Wheel'. Lifeboat moored in Poole Harbour with bridge in background.

Letter of Appreciation from Chief of Operations – 7 August 1989 – coastal tanker Whitdale.

The duty DLA, Jim Kellaway, was paged by the Coastguard on 21 December with a report that a car had gone into the water off the Quay. Jim launched both the Inner Wheel and the ILB. At the same time, he collected his own diving equipment and made his way quickly to the position and entered the water. He found the car but was unable to get in because all the doors were locked. He returned to the surface and obtained a small crowbar from the lifeboat and went down again to the car where he was able to get a woman out of the car and bring her to the surface. Unfortunately, after being in the water for 30 minutes, the woman did not recover.

Jim Kellaway received an award from the Royal Humane Society and a Letter of Appreciation from the RNLI.