Snowy Cluster Meeting

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. 

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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.


Misty morning Training!

The “Beast from the East” certainly left her mark this week.  Finally, the wind had dropped and the icy rain changed into a murky fog. What do you expect at this time of the year, a heatwave? It allowed me to enjoy my Sunday morning walk! From one side the North to South side of Town.


But that didn’t stop the RNLI Withernsea Lifeboat Crew! There they were out in it! and when I say in it, I mean it, right up to their waists!


Must admit those waves look like fun! However, at the end of the day, you have to give these guys due respect for what they do in all weathers.


London Marathon?

Matt Woodhouse, a crew member of RNLI Withernsea has entered the 2018 London Marathon to help raise money for the Withernsea Lifeboat Station.


Matt is a 3rd generation volunteer Helmsman at Withernsea Lifeboat in East Yorkshire, following in the footsteps of his dad and grandad. This is where his love for the RNLI began. I grew up in and around the lifeboat station whilst my dad would respond to emergency calls or go out training on Sunday mornings.

For more details about Matt and his 2018 London Marathon and his fundraising campaign and how you can help, click on the following:-



4th March 1824!

Did you know that the first lifeboat was designed an patented in 1785, by Lionel Lukin.


For more details about the history of the unsinkable lifeboat, click on the link:

But the really important date is 4th March 1824. this was the date that the RNLI was founded.

Sir William Hillary’s vision for a service dedicated to saving lives at sea became a reality in Bishopsgate’s trendy London Tavern on 4 March 1824.

Living in Douglas on the Isle of Man, Hillary saw the treacherous nature of the sea first-hand. He witnessed dozens of shipwrecks around the Manx coast and saved many lives with the help of locals.

In the early 19th century there was an average of 1,800 shipwrecks a year around our coasts. And the danger of shipwreck was an accepted way of life at sea.

But Hillary refused to sit by and watch people drown.

A year earlier on 28 February 1823, Sir William Hillary made an impassioned appeal to the nation.

For more information about the formation of the RNLI, click on the following link:



D-Class Fact sheet.

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How much to kit out an inshore lifeboat crew member?

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March 2018 Events.





Jam pots with a twist!

A couple of our volunteers have taken an idea to town and are now leaving miniature jam jars in various stores.

A Misty and murky Sunday Morning!

It’s January 14th already, so here’s a belated Happy New Year to all our readers and followers.

For a strange and weird reason, I found myself wondering, this misty and murky Sunday morning.  With a huge fascination for the sea, I enjoyed my daily stroll along the promenade, only to find the sea a reflection of my mood.



Then in the distance, the sound of a droning helicopter’s imminent approach could be heard. Looking up through the hazy cloud confirmed my suspicions, perhaps a fly-past by the Coastguard, and sure enough, it did.

The RNLI Withernsea crew who happened to be out training were indeed given a salute by the approaching helicopter, before continuing on its way. Sadly, the photographer was slow on the uptake.

By the time I had returned back to the station-house, the RNLI Withernsea crew had finished their training session and was returning.  Watching the operation of returning the Henley Eight to her housing, makes for an interesting passing of time!


Time to come in boyz!


The Henley Eight makes a speedy getaway!


Meanwhile, the boyz are left to make their own way back.


The Boyz and the Henley Eight back at the Station-house! Ready for the remaining crew to clean her down and sort any outstanding bits out.