Having braved the elements today, thankfully The Beast of the East hadn’t returned, but the county was graciously given another layer of Snow, cover from South Yorkshire right up to the North of the County. However, thanks to our own micro-climate here in Withernsea, I didn’t see any evidence of snow until I arrived in Hornsea, but plenty of flood water. Anyway, enough of the weather, I believe that we have had enough snow in the county to last a lifetime.
Having arrived in Bridlington by lunchtime, I found myself in another part of the town due to roadworks. But found a suitable place to park, not far from the front and of course the RNLI Lifeboat Station. Spied upon a nice little cafe, time for a quick spot of lunch.
Suitably refreshed, soon found myself wandering down the esplanade and out to sea. Sadly, the tide was miles out, so no paddling to be had! With the credit card itching away in my pocket I thought I’d have a trip to the RNLI shop, only to find it closed due to the lack of volunteers. So before you decided on a day trip to Bridlington, just give the shop a ring to check that they are open, if you want to flex the plastic!
Arriving early for the Cluster meeting, had a quick nosey at the Boat which was currently housed in the station, and was informed that the Lifeboat might be called out, as all the Lifeboats from as far up as Whitby down to Flamborough had been called out to a man overboard from one of the DFDS ferry’s.
After a successful and quick meeting, which was well delivered and highly informative. My interest returned to the Shannon Lifeboat and asking permission to board her, I was immediately given a guided tour of the Lifeboat, additionally, I was the only individual to be given the tour at the time, everyone else had disappeared!
The Shannon Class Lifeboat Information Sheet.
Bridlington Shannon Lifeboat – Antony Patrick Jones 13:22
Stepping into the Shannon’s lair, instantly greeted with space.
I find myself stood next to the doctor’s chair and in front of his chair is where any stretchered casualty can be placed.
Next to the doctor’s chair is Navigation. Who will plot the course
In front of the Navigation is the Coxswain’s chair. Of all the chairs to be offered to sit in, this was the one! From this chair, you can view all other screens, either approve the information or not.
All seats are self-adjusting. Therefore, when out at sea, the crew are not thrown around the lifeboat, the person who has the best view, I am told is the doctor, the viewpoint from that chair can see everything. Now you’ve got me interested, can I go out on a shout as an observer?
Also, all chairs are headphone operated so the crew can communicate at all times.
Positioned in front of the Coxswain’s chair is Radar. As you can understand, this wasn’t operational, as the lifeboat was stationary.
On the left-hand side of Radar, is the Helm. Now, this I would say, is were the most fun could be had! This is where the lifeboat is steered, no longer with a wheel but just a joystick! situated on the left-hand side of the chair. On the right-hand side of the chair, we have two controls, the inside control is for the bucket, which controls the sea water being delivered and the outer control is the accelerator.
Are you ready to take her for a test drive now?
Behind the helmsman chair, we have the most important chair, the engineer. From his position, he can see how the lifeboat is progressing.
Moving down into the lower chamber, The survivors’ chamber, I believe can seat a further six people. This area holds the medical supplies and other equipment necessary for the operation of the lifeboat.
At the foreward point of the lifeboat, that houses the anchor, in between the anchor house and the chamber, is another storage area.
To the rear of the lifeboat, we found the water tanks for the sea water, and further along the engine.
And at the very rear of the lifeboat, this where the engine is stored.
When I finally left RNLI Bridlington Lifeboat station, I was greeted with some fantastic weather for March.