Photos

Full-time Coxswain/Mechanic at Poole Lifeboat Station from July 1974 until September 1989.
Photo: Stephen Edwards
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Thomas Kirk Wright, the first motor lifeboat at Poole (1939-62)
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The first Poole Bay lifeboat at Studland Bay (1826-48)
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Manley Wood - Poole's first lifeboat at the railway yard next to Hamworthy Bridge, Poole
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Boy's Own at Bournemouth Sands, 4 September 1895
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Thomas Kirk Wright - being brought up the slipway to become a 'museum boat'
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Thomas Kirk Wright alongside Gas Quay, Poole
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Thomas Kirk Wright on exercise
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Reginald Brown, then Second Coxswain (as shown on the kapok lifejacket), who became Coxswain from December 1968 to February 1975
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Crew member onboard Thomas Kirk Wright
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Mechanic onboard Thomas Kirk Wright
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Thomas Kirk Wright's last day at sea, 1962
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Thomas Kirk Wright, alongside at Poole Quay, bringing casualties ashore on her return from a rescue
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Thomas Kirk Wright and crew members inside her boathouse on Poole Quay
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William Wills (Long Bill) on the radio on Thomas Kirk Wright
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Naming ceremony of Thomas Kirk Wright, 17 June 1939
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Reg Brown, Frank Hayes and Bill Hayes receiving Certificates of Service
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Thomas Kirk Wright, launching from what was then known as Poole and Bournemouth Lifeboat Station
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Harmar, Poole's lifeboat from 1910 to 1939. Her last launch was on 1 June 1938, bringing with it the end of the rowing and sailing era at Poole Lifeboat Station
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Harmar launching from Poole Old Lifeboat Station
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Crew of Thomas Kirk Wright, wearing knitted woollen scarf-helmets presented by one of a band of merry knitters who sent 'woollen comforts' to lifeboat stations during the Second World War years
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Bassett Green, a Liverpool class lifeboat, and an experimental Hatch class lifeboat (18-03), which was sent to the station in 1967
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Bassett Green at Poole Quay after a service
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Harmer and her crew off Poole Quay
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John Clark and Andrew Hawkes in the Dell Quay Dory, which arrived at the station in1969
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City Masonic Club, at Lime House, the RNLI's Headquarters (at the time) in London
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Mechanic Frank Hayes and Stevens stopping the boathouse floating away!
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Poole's D class, which arrived at the station in 1964 (Summer only), and the lifeboat became an all-year-round inshore lifeboat (daytime only) in 1965
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Lifeboat on trial in Poole - crew wearing cork lifejackets so this is pre early 1900s. In 1881, the Ramsgate Coxswain said: ‘A cork jacket, even when a man stands upright, isn't calculated to improve his figure, and as we all of us had cork jackets on and oilskins, and many of us sea boots, you may guess ... what a rum heap of odds and ends we looked.’
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Crew Member Andrew Hawkes firing a maroon to mark the 175th anniversary of the RNLI in 1999 - with Poole lifeboat crew on their Atlantic 75 and Brede class lifeboats
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The Waveney class lifeboat Augustine Courtauld, on station at Poole from 1974 to 1983
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Swanage and Poole rowing lifeboats at Poole Quay
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Bassett Green in Fisherman's Dock
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Boy's Own No. 2 lifeboat - at Poole from 1882 to 1896
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Poole lifeboat launching at Poole Head. In the 1860s, horses kept in stables next to the boathouse at North Haven Point could be used to pull the lifeboat when she had to be launched to the seaward side of Sandbanks, Bournemouth or Christchurch. The horses belonged to Colonel Waugh, the owner of Brownsea Island
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Bassett Green on service to a yacht
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Poole Lifeboat Station in Fisherman's Dock (1882-1974)
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Crew Member getting ready to fire a maroon to launch the lifeboat. As the station was situated across the road from the gas works, a mortar (provided in 1892 to summon the crew) was replaced by socket distress signals in 1914. The mortar may have been mistaken by the locals as an explosion at the gas works!
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The Brede class lifeboat, Inner Wheel, and the Dell Quay Dory on exercise in Poole Bay
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Naming ceremony of Poole's last sailing lifeboat, Harmer
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Thomas Kirk Wright alongside at Gas Quay, Poole
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Thomas Kirk Wright
Thomas Kirk Wright
Thomas Kirk Wright launching
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Relief Liverpool class lifeboat JB Couper of Glasgow in Poole dock
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Boy's Own No. 2 in Bournemouth (Poole and Bournemouth's lifeboat 1880-1897)
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Poole old Lifeboat Station slipway blocked by sailing vessel
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Relief Liverpool class lifeboat JB Couper of Glasgow in Poole dock
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John Buckby and Andrew Hawkes receiving Long Service Medals from Dorothy Hackforth
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Harmer off Poole dock
Harmer off Poole dock
Swanage lifeboat launching
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Swanage lifeboat, William Earle, on their slipway
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Boston Whaler, Sam & Iris Coles, in the floating boathouse at Poole
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Brede class and Boston Whaler in Winter at Poole Quay
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Brede class and Boston Whaler at Poole Lifeboat Station, Poole Quay
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Silver cup presented to Captain John Lander for saving some of the crew of the Mary Ann Moore
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Boy's Own No. 2 at Bournemouth
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Manley Wood at Poole Rail Yard, c 1865-79
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Harmer - c 1920s
Harmer - c 1920s
Harmer and her crew in oilskins and kapok lifejackets
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Harmer, Poole's last sailing lifeboat
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Fisherman's Dock at low tide - not much good for launching!
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Fisherman's Dock at low tide - with Thomas Kirk Wright just afloat!
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Thomas Kirk Wright launching from the old Poole Lifeboat Station at Fisherman's Dock
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The crew of the Manley Wood
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Sandbanks Boathouse c 1860s-1880s
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Poole old Lifeboat Station at very high tide - before we even had a floating boathouse!
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Waveney class Augustine Courtauld at station 1974–1983
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Waveney class Augustine Courtauld at station 1974–1983
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The Brede class lifeboat, Inner Wheel, and the Dell Quay Dory at moorings on Poole Quay
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Poole's Brede class lifeboat
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Relief Brede class lifeboat, Foresters Future, alongside the B class Atlantic floating boathouse on Poole Quay
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Boy's Own No 2 off Bournemouth
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Brede class lifeboat, Philip Vaux, in Poole Bay
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First Coxswain Richard Sutton Stokes c1850
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